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The Sociology of Childhood

Sixth Edition


February 2024 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Sixth Edition of William A. Corsaro and Judson G. Everitt's groundbreaking text discusses children and childhood from a sociological perspective—providing in-depth coverage of social theories of childhood, the peer cultures and social issues of children and youth, and children and childhood within the frameworks of culture and history. This revised edition has been thoroughly updated to incorporate the latest research and the most pertinent information so readers can engage in powerful discussions on a wide array of topics.

 
PART ONE: THE SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF CHILDHOOD
 
1. Social Theories of Childhood
 
2. The Structure of Childhood and Children’s Interpretive Reproductions
 
3. Studying Children and Childhood
 
PART TWO: CHILDREN, CHILDHOOD, AND FAMILIES IN HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT
 
4. Historical Views of Childhood and Children
 
5. Social Change, Families, and Children
 
PART THREE: CHILDREN’S CULTURES
 
6. Children’s Peer Cultures and Interpretive Reproduction
 
7. Sharing and Control in Initial Peer Cultures
 
8. Conflict and Differentiation in the Initial Peer Culture
 
9. Preadolescent Peer Cultures
 
PART FOUR: CHILDREN, SOCIAL PROBLEMS, AND THE FUTURE OF CHILDHOOD
 
10. Children, Social Problems, and the Family
 
11. Children, Social Problems, and Society
 
12. The Future of Childhood
Key features
  • Focuses on children's relationships with peers and adults, including coverage of children's peer cultures from preschool through pre-adolescence.
  • Presents an interpretive perspective on the sociology of childhood which contrasts the more traditional socialization or outcome approaches.
  • Includes section on children’s rights, including a description and discussion of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Addresses current policy debates and changing demographics related to children in today’s societies.
  • Contains numerous examples of children’s actual play and behavior.
  • Provides new photographs and charts that capture the complexity and diversity of children’s lives.

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