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Whose Childhood is It?: The Roles of Children, Adults and Policy Makers (Paperback)
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Whose Childhood is It?: The Roles of Children, Adults and Policy Makers (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 02/06/2009
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This is an important textbook that promotes thoughtful engagement with key issues and theories that inform an understanding of childhood development. The purpose of this book is to promote a thoughtful engagement with key issues and theories that inform our understanding of childhood. Readers of this book will enjoy, and be provoked by, a sophisticated analysis of the role and function of childhood in twenty-first century Britain. They will find themselves supported in discovering a discourse for early childhood which they will want to use as a springboard for further enquiry and exploration.There are two intertwined themes that permeate this text: children's sense of self and adult's temporal and cultural fabrications of childhood, and the articulation of these with policy and provision for young children and young children and representation: how they are represented, the sense they make of such representations and their own representational activity. The book intends to turn readers away from our collective tendency to simplify the experiences of young children and replace this with a fuller, more complex, more troubling and more realistic understanding of the social dynamic that constitutes childhood today.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826499813
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The text provides a clear and provocative introduction to a number of themes and issues that are central to the contemporary study of early childhood...The inclusion of activities, case studies and questions ensure that complex ideas are addressed in a lively and engaging way.'

Professor Trisha Maynard, Swansea University --Sanford Lakoff
'This book offers an insightful and provocative analysis of the factors that shape contemporary childhoods and the role that children themselves play in this process. The authors challenge restrictive policy-making that is driven by economic and political concerns and instead emphasise the need to respect the voices and agency of children, as expressed through multimedia, multimodal meaning-making practices.

This is a book that will be of great value to students and early years educators and will enable them to engage critically with some of the key issues currently informing early childhood policy and practice.'

Professor Jackie Marsh, Sheffield University --Sanford Lakoff

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