"Arranged alphabetically, core ideas about 'Agency' and 'Development' through to 'Socialisation' and 'Youth' are explained in straightforward language, with a concise introduction to key theoretical debates, as well as up to date references."
- Martin Woodhead, The Open University
"A challenging text that is recommended for all levels of the BA in Childhood Studies programme. The short, focussed chapters provide students with a comprehensive overview of a topic which they can then research in further depth."
- Sharron Galley, Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
"This book gives a fantastic first look at many key concepts which are new to students in a way that is easily approachable and understandable. A great place to start further studies."
- Kathryn Peckham, Chichester University
This book has already proved itself as a market leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback.
The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.
Allison James is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield where she is also co-director of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth. Professor Adrian James is Emeritus Professor of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield.
Preface to the Second Edition Introduction Age and Maturity Agency Best Interests Child Child-Focused Research /Research with Children Child-Friendly Childhood Child Soldiers Childhood Studies Children as Consumers Children as Researchers Children's Voices Citizenship Competence Cultural Politics of Childhood Cultural Relativism Delinquency Developmental Psychology Developmentalism Disappearance or Loss of Childhood Diversity Ethnicity Familialization Family Friendship Futurity Gender Generation Global Childhood Health Innocence Internet and New Social Media Interpretive Reproduction Minority Group Status Nature vs. Nurture Needs Neglect Parenting Participation Peer Group Play Poverty Protection Representation Resilience Responsibility Rights Schooling and Schools Sexual Abuse Sexualization Social Actor Social Construction Social World Socialization Spaces for Children and Children's Places Standpoint Street Children Structure United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Vulnerability Welfare Work and Working Children Youth