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The Sociology of Early Childhood

The Sociology of Early Childhood
Critical Perspectives

First Edition

March 2017 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Sociology of Early Childhood is a theoretically and historically grounded examination of young children’s experiences in contemporary society.

Arguing that a sociology of early childhood must bring together and integrate different disciplines, this book:

  • synthesises different sociological perspectives on childhood as well as incorporating multi-disciplinary research findings on the lives of young children
  • explains key theoretical concepts in early childhood studies such as investment, early intervention, professional power and discourse
  • examines the importance of play, memory and place
  • evaluates long term parenting trends
  • uses illustrative examples and case studies, discussion questions and annotated further reading to engage and stimulate readers.

Invigorating and thought provoking, this is an invaluable read for advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students looking for a more nuanced and progressive understanding of childhood. 

Historical and Sociological Approaches on Childhood
A Relational Sociology of Early Childhood
Growing Up Beside You – Social Habitus in Early Childhood
Young Children’s Play - Challenging the Adult Establishment
Civilising young children – long-term parenting trends
New Media Technologies and the Sexualisation of Childhood

This book is a valuable addition to Early Childhood Studies, it  plays an important part in developing our  students' sociological perspectives on childhood; an important component of this multi-disciplinary degree.

Ruby Oates
University of Derby

A very welcome addition to the Childhood Studies literature, The Sociology of Early Childhood covers the key issues and subject areas essential for developing a critical and comprehensive knowledge of the field. Thoughtfully structured and clearly written, Gabriel provides a compelling discussion of ideas and concepts in ways accessible to an undergraduate audience. This is a 'must-have' text for all interested in understanding modern childhoods.

Mary Jane Kehily
The Open University

In this book, Norman Gabriel provides an insightful, relational approach to the study of early childhood. Gabriel is both original and scholarly in the way he illuminates his points. Students of early childhood should read this book for a fuller understanding of the importance of early childhood to our contemporary society.

Caroline Bath
Liverpool John Moores University

In this concise new volume, based on a strong philosophical and historical structure and supported by examples from contemporary research, Norman Gabriel constructs a framework for understanding the social worlds and experiences of children in early childhood.

Noah Kenneally
Ryerson University’s School of Early Childhood Studies

Beautiful textbook that engages the students in a journey to understand young children and their development. This text offers students access to many hidden aspects of the young child's world. We have used this text as a springboard during cooperative learning sessions and students have taken this text into practice. Very accessible and supports students of all abilities.

Dr Chelle Davison
Early Childhood & Teacher Education, Coventry University
November 2, 2017

Well explained and laid out

Sarah Holmes
Childhood & Youth Studies, Liverpool Hope University
September 4, 2017

This text is a useful addition to students' reading on the sociological perspectives of childhood. It brings together a number of contemporary themes and issues. The individual reference lists at the end of each chapter are particularly helpful in supporting students' further study.

Mrs Mary-Louise Maynes
Department of Education Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
March 2, 2017

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