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essay plan and structure on if childhood is ending

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Evaluating the view that `childhood is ending'
What does this view assume about children and
their position in society?
What would the conflict approach say about this
view of childhood?
How could we use the idea that childhood is
socially constructed to criticise the view that
childhood is definitely ending?

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Evaluation of the Childhood Debate
Which points claim that.....?
a) Childhood is ending
b) Childhood still exists as a separate stage
c) General criticisms of the debate
Functionalist/ New Right views assume that children are simply empty vessels,
passively socialised by parents. Morrow (1998) found that children are active
contributors to family life, not necessarily being manipulative, pressured by peers or
accepting media influence (Which approach would argue this?)
Conflict approaches claim that debate generalises children.…read more

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Lee (2001) rather claims that our understanding of childhood has simply changed
rather than ended; mainly because adulthood is also changing. Children were always
seen as the opposite of adults who were responsible, mature, developed. However,
even adults today haven't reached this stage e.g. high divorce, constantly changing
jobs, obsession with looking younger. So growing similarity between adults and
children is leading to a new social construction of childhood.…read more


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