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Key Concepts in Childhood Studies

Key Concepts in Childhood Studies

Second Edition

July 2012 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"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.
Preface to the Second Edition
Age and Maturity
Best Interests
Child-Focused Research /Research with Children
Child Soldiers
Childhood Studies
Children as Consumers
Children as Researchers
Children's Voices
Cultural Politics of Childhood
Cultural Relativism
Developmental Psychology
Disappearance or Loss of Childhood
Global Childhood
Internet and New Social Media
Interpretive Reproduction
Minority Group Status
Nature vs. Nurture
Peer Group
Schooling and Schools
Sexual Abuse
Social Actor
Social Construction
Social World
Spaces for Children and Children's Places
Street Children
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
Work and Working Children

Covers a range of contemporary issues related to childhood in a concise but extremely informative way. Presents some alternative viewpoints, which learners can reflect and build upon.

Mrs Paula Hamilton
School of Education & Community, Glyndwr University
June 13, 2013

Excellent text for undergraduate students. Sufficient depth but manageable for students for whom childhood studies is not their primary focus. Great introductory text.

Dr Michael Hartill
Sport & Physical Activity, Edge Hill University
February 26, 2013

A thorough focus on the older years as opposed to early years, good supplemental reading.

Mrs Amanda Thompson
Early Years, Craven College
February 13, 2013

Useful for background reading.

Ms Carol Setchell
Education , Central Sussex College
November 30, 2012

Key areas that students can 'dip' in and out of reading, each peice of text has relevant and informative ideas. Clear links to practice is identified from each peice of text/subject contained within.

Mrs Julie Clarkson
Early Years, Craven College
November 29, 2012

An excellent book again by James and James, which gives students information regarding key concepts in Early Chidhool Studies in an accessible and clearly written manner. Will be recommending this book to my students.

Mrs Gillian Walker
School of Education, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
November 28, 2012

I have recommended that this book is purchased as a generic introductary book to early childhood studies. It covers a wide remit- which reflects many of the topics that are included in our course - and offers clear introductions/summaries and useful references to follow up.

Ms Louise Gilbert
Education (Francis Close Hall), Gloucestershire University
November 18, 2012

Great for first year students who need to get their heads around terminology. Provides foundational knowledge.

Ms Dawn O'Connell
Centre for Youth Ministry, St John's College
October 12, 2012

A very good introduction to key concepts appropriate for 1st year students

Mr Graham Bright
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
October 9, 2012

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.

Mrs Kathryn Peckham
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
September 23, 2012

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