The new sociology of childhood

What is the “new sociology of childhood”?
This approach doesn’t see children as simply ‘adults in the making’, but sees them as active agents who play a major part in creating their own childhoods.
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What does Smart et al say about the new sociology of childhood?
With their study of divorce, found that far from being passive victims, children are actively involved in relying on making the situation better for everyone.
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What research methods were used to study the new sociology of childhood?
Informal, unstructured interviews. These help to empower children; letting them express their own views and allow researchers to see the world from the child’s point of view.
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What do the research methods used to study the new sociology of childhood, allow sociologists to explore?
The diverse, multiple childhoods that exist even within a single society. Eg disabled childhoods, Chinese childhoods, girls childhoods, adopted childhoods, poor childhoods.
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By allowing children to express their view, what does the new sociology of childhood draw attention to?
As children are allowed to express their point of view, attention is drawn to the fact that children lack power in relation to adults.
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What group of individuals favour the new sociology of childhood?
Child liberationists - who campaign in favour of children’s rights and priorities.
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