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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
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.
Visit https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-child-in-society/book240119#resources for free access to a selection of SAGE Journal Articles related to key topics in the book.
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The range and ambition of this book is impressive and the diversity of topics gives a broad framework and a wealth of information from which to examine childhood... In addition, free access to selected journal articles relating to the various topics extends the scope of the text and points for reflection at the end of each chapter engage the reader and provide opportunities for discussion - all these aspects are likely to appeal to tutors and students. Wright's ambition, as identified in her preface, was to `bring multiple ideas together to form a single narrative'; in this she certainly succeeds and the book provides a useful addition to early childhood texts. -- Rory McDowall Clark, University of Worcester This is a fabulous book which manages to provide both breadth and detail, and also manages to be academically rigorous whilst being very accessibly written. This book addresses different disciplinary approaches to this field of study, which Wright skilfully builds into a coherent and in-depth account of childhood across time and place. -- Mandy Lee A fascinating journey through the analysis of childhood. The author draws on a wide-range of material from across the disciplines to explore childhood through a variety of lenses. Accessible, well-written and a joy to read. Hazel. R. Wright has produced perhaps the best multi-disciplinary book yet to be written exploring childhood. -- Nick Frost