Families And Households - The Future Of Childhood

The Dissappearance of childhood by Neil Postman in 1994. He says that television combines childhood and adulthood and destroys the seperateness between them.

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The Disappearance of Childhood.

By Niel Postman 1994.

He says that televison and easy acess to technology such as the internet destroys the seperateness between childhood and adulthood by exposing them to things they should not be able to see.

It also states that children are wrongly given the same rights as adults and that it harms their developmant.

One critisism of his work is because he focuses too much on television.

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A Seperate childhood culture.

By Iona Opie 1993.

She says that childhood is not disappearing and there is continued existance of child culture due to childrens rhymes games and songs.

She states that childhood has become more seperate to adulthood and explains this is being the reason many think it is vanishing.

She contradicts Postman's view that childhood is vanishing.

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The globalisation of western childhood.

Children are innocent dependent and vulnerable and should not be associated or involved in adult activities.

 It enforces the idea Western Childhood is spreading globally and is not disappearing.

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Toxic Childhood

Sue Palmer (2006). She argues of a "Toxic Childhood" in which factors such as technology  harming the developmant of children and their childhood.

This includes junk food, intensive marketing and video games. There are also larger gaps in  child and adult cultures.

They can be effected by this in many ways such as Emotionally and Physically.

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Reconstruction Of Childhood

Not all children are effected by Palmers toxic childhood equally. Sarah Womack (2007) She also says that it is only a small majority who live in poorer conditions that have a negitive childhood.

 Childhood may be dispearing because of falling birth and death rates as this creates an aging population. Jens Qvortrup (1990).

There is also a theory that childhood disappearance is being blamed on falling birth and death rates which results in an agaging population rarther than a younger one.

Childhood is socially constructed and is not fixed. It can change from socity to socity and varies in differant countries where they have differant views.

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