Childhood as a Social Construct

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Western Notion-seperateness (a clear and distinct stage in life and children occupy a seperate status)

                                        laws (regulate what they are allowed and forbidden to do, making them different)

                                        difference in dress, services, toys

                        Golden Age (happiness and innocence)

                                       seen as vunerable

                                       in need of protection

Cross-Cultural Differences

Child Soliders in Congo-expected to join the army at a very young age, so there is no childhood for them or atleast a very short one

Britain-laws excluded them to work until 16/18 so they can experience a childhood and being separate from adults.

Historical Differences in Childhood

Aries-in middle ages such as 10th to 13th century there was…


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