Childhood - Childhood as a social construction

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MODERN WESTERN notion of CHILDHOOD

  • 'Golden age' of innocence and happiness
  • Children are seen as vulnerable and unable to fend for themselves

PILCHER:

  • Seperate status to adults - entertaunment, books, clothes, toys.
  • The most important featuer to childhood is seperateness 
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Cross-CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

BENEDICT:

  • Treated in three different ways; 1. Childrens suxual behaviour is viewed differently. 2. Less value placed on children showing obedience and authority. 3.Take responsibility at an early age - PUNCH - Rural Bolivia - Children are expected to work from 5

Historical differences:

  • Books are widely available - increase in child centerdness
  • Clothing
  • School - became about educattng the young, school was made compulsory
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Changes in the POSITION OF CHILDREN

  • Childrens health and development became medical knowledge
  • Child protection and welfare legislation
  • Laws
  • Compulsory schooling
  • Children's rights
  • Declining family size
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