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Childhood is socially constructed
The modern western notion of childhood:
Jane Pilcher (1995) childhood is separateness & is emphasised through dress,
products etc
`Golden age': vulnerable & innocent
Childhood is not universal
Crosscultural differences in childhood
Ruth Benedict (1934) children in nonindustrial societies are treated differently In three ways…

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o Controls over children's space: Children's movement in some places is highly
regulated. Children are told to play in some areas and not others.
o Controls over children's time: Adults control over children's daily routines
o Controls over children's body: Adults control over children's body
o Control over children's access…


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