This popular and bestselling textbook provides an introduction to the field of childhood studies and offers a broad-based, comprehensive and accessible insight into the area. Reflecting the nature of childhood studies as an interdisciplinary field that crosses many traditional academic and professional boundaries, each chapter is authored by a leading figure in a specific area of childhood studies. With its range of key themes and insightful analysis this book has firmly established itself as a much loved and essential resource. This new third edition builds on the success of earlier editions retaining its classic chapters of enduring value while incorporating some fresh new content. Four new chapters - chosen to highlight and consider new developments in the field - explore anthropological approaches to childhood; integrated working with children; the sexualization of childhood; and children in armed conflict. Intellectually robust, scholarly and confident in its academic approach, this new edition also includes some new interactive activities to help you get to grips with the issues.
An Introduction to Childhood Studies 3E is invaluable reading for students, lecturers and practitioners with a range of professional and academic interests and particularly for those studying courses in Childhood Studies.
Mary Jane Kehily is Professor of Gender and Education at The Open University
Mary Jane Kehily is Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at the Open University. Dr Naomi Holford is Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at the Open University. She is an early career academic with a recent PhD in Childhood Studies.
Understanding childhood: an introduction to some key themes and issuesSection One: Studying Childhood Childhood Studies: past, present and future The historical construction of childhood Section Two: Socio-Cultural Approaches The Sociology of Childhood Developmental psychology and the construction of the child Anthropological approaches to childhood Section Three: Policy Perspectives Promoting better childhoods Children's Rights and educational provision Working with children: an integrated approach Section Four: Emergent Issues New media, new childhoods? Childhood sexualisation Children in conflict: the case of child soldiers The Future of Childhood?