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Childhood and Society

An Introduction to the Sociology of Childhood



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Childhood and Society by Michael Wyness
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Children have become an increasingly important focus for sociological analysis in recent years. This inspiring new book explores a range of sociological approaches to researching the fascinating lives and social worlds of children, and the phenomenon of childhood. In doing so, it reviews competing theoretical positions on childhood and examines research that assumes children are competent social actors. Key and controversial issues relating to childhood are discussed such as poverty, abuse and rights. The book also considers practical, methodological and ethical issues relating to research with children. Student-oriented in structure and style, it is an ideal text for courses offered in Sociology, Early Childhood Studies and related fields.

Author Biography

MICHAEL WYNESS is Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies in the Institute Of Education at the University of Warwick. His research interests are schooling, parenting and welfare and he is the author of Schooling, Welfare and Parental Responsibility, 1996 and Contesting Childhood, 1999, both by Falmer Press
Release date NZ
March 24th, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Palgrave Macmillan
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