Childhood - Has the position of children improved

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MOP view

  • Higher standards of living
  • ARIES and SHORTER - Todays children are more valued and cared for
  • Childhood has been steadaly improving and is better today than ever
  • IMR in 1900 was 154 per 1000 births, now its only 5 per 1000
  • Smaller families
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CONFLICT view

  • Age patriarchy
  • Neglect and abuse - 2006 - 31,400 children were at risk of harm
  • Access to resouces 
  • Controls over time, bodies and space
  • Inequalities among children and adults
  • Inequalities among children - class and gender
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