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The Child in Society

The Child in Society

December 2014 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The child has a very special place in society, and society defines and shapes childhood. Understanding childhood is essential to early years students and this book offers a great introduction.

Taking a thematic approach, chapters cover:

  • Historical and Cultural Perspectives
  • Policy and Economic Perspectives
  • Psychological and Biological Perspectives
  • Contemporary Views.

Each chapter prompts you to reflect on core issues and interrogate your practice and attitudes towards children in your care.

This fantastic foundation will help you to begin to understand the relationship between the child and society.


Introducing Childhood
Geographical and Anthropological Perspectives
Historical Perspectives
Spiritual and Philosophical Perspectives
Psychological and Biological Perspectives
Sociological Perspectives
Economic and Policy Perspectives
Educational Perspectives
Contemporary Perspectives
Factual and Fictional Perspectives

An interesting read, moving from historic to contemporary childhood. Explores the childs place in society not forgetting the links between the child and the environment and time to which they belong. Highly recommend both for tutors and students alike.

Mrs lisa rebecca Fairclough
Childhood Studies, Lakes College
August 10, 2015

This is a brilliant book that explains the meaning of ‘a child’ and discusses childhood from different perspectives. It can be used for a variety of modules taught on Foundation and BA degrees.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
July 3, 2015

This is an area which always grips our students and starts off the debate...this text will enhance the discussion and support the links to theory.

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre For Early Childhood, Worcester University
June 26, 2015

Historical and political aspects of children within society well explained.

Mrs Tracey Dobbs
School of Care, Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
June 26, 2015

Excellent coverage of issues related to the child in society covering different perspectives. It includes a clear discussion about what childhood is that may help in modules such as children's rights.

Mrs Shan Lockwood
Early Years, Craven College
June 25, 2015


Mrs Faith Fletcher
Secondary Education, The University of Chester
June 23, 2015

A useful text for undergraduate students. Its clear presentation enables students to access the broad and fundemental issues influencing children's experiences in contemporary society.

Miss Monica Edwards
Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
June 8, 2015

A strong text dealing with contentious issues in Early Years education. Well designed and challenging both at UG nad PG levels.

Mrs Faith Anne Fletcher
Secondary Education, The University of Chester
August 26, 2015

This text is interesting because it can engage readers in the trans-disciplinary themes that make up Childhood Studies. Students can use this text as a reference source and at the sometime learn about the historical,political and cultural influences and the role the pioneers in Early Education have taken towards the changing perspectives in contemporary society. The different disciplines and therefore discourses contained in this volume is concise and accessible. The overview at the beginning of each chapter does help the reader to contextualise each theme as do the summaries and refection boxes. Extensive range of materials and sources included.

Dr Estelle Martin
School of Education, University of East London
May 12, 2015

A fantastic book for all undergraduate students that are interested in understanding the different perspectives on childhood and a historical construction of childhood per se.

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
April 29, 2015

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