Policy Press

Childhood, Families and Society

Social, Cultural and Policy Issues

By Deborah Chambers

Published

Sep 1, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447350477

Dimensions

244 x 170 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Sep 1, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447350453

Dimensions

244 x 170 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Sep 1, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447350491

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Childhood experiences have altered dramatically in the past 50 years, with many of today’s children experiencing changing family relations, accelerated contact with consumer culture and social media and a so-called “privatisation” of childhood. In this socio-cultural study, Chambers interrogates the contrasting interpretations of childhood: the idea of childhood agency versus the romantic ideal of children as innocent with a right to be childlike.

A rare examination of both family and childhood studies, the text argues for the ‘right’ balance between parents, children, the state and other agencies in the raising of children across different countries.

Deborah Chambers is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University.

Introduction: childhood studies: Approaches and perspectives;

Part 1: Changing family life;

Parenting;

School;

Home and public space;

Part 2: Changing childhoods;

Children and consumer culture;

Children and digital media;

The privatisation of childhood;

Part 3: Global shifts (title TBC);

Migration and child refugees;

Child labour;

Children outside families;

Part 4: Conclusion;

Children’s rights, agency and citizenship;

Changes in policy on childhood and families.