Sociology- The future of childhood

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  • The future of childhood
    • The disappearance of childhood
      • Postman 1994 argues that 'childhood is disappearing at a dazzling speed'.
        • He points out a trend towards giving children the same rights as adults, the disappearance of children's traditional unsupervised games , the growing similarity between adult and child clothing and even cases of children committing adult crimes
        • In his view, the cause first of the emergence of childhood and now its disappearance is due to the rise and fall of print culture being replaced by tv culture
    • The information hierarchy
      • Postman argues that childhood emerged as a separate status along with mass illiteracy from the 19th century
        • As reading creates an information hierarchy-- adults who can read and children who cannot read
        • This meant that adults could keep knowledge about sex , money etc a secret from children, and so childhood became associated with innocence and ignorance
        • TV blurs distinction between childhood and adulthood by destroying information hierarchy
          • So ignorance and innocence is replaced with knowledge and cynicism
    • Evaluation
      • Opie 1993 argues that childhood is not disappearing but there is strong evidence to show of the continued existence of a separate children's culture
      • Postman's study is powerful as it shows how different types of communication technology can influence the ways in which childhood is constructed
        • But he over emphasises a single cause
    • Childhood in postmodernity
      • Jenks 2205 believes childhood is not disappearing but changing
      • Jenks feels modern society is concerned with futurity and childhood being seen as preparation for adulthood-- Child is protected and controlled
      • Argues that childhood is changing from modernity to postmodernity as in postmodern societies, adults relationships are less stable -- Divorce
      • In a postmodern society, relationships with their children become adults last refuge from uncertainty.
        • Means they are more fearful for their children


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