Children of a New World
Society, Culture, and Globalization
By (author) Paula S. Fass
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Children of a New World by Paula S. Fass
Book DescriptionPaula S. Fass, a pathbreaker in children's history and the history of education, turns her attention in Children of a New World to the impact of globalization on children's lives, both in the United States and on the world stage. Globalization, privatization, the rise of the "work-centered" family, and the triumph of the unregulated marketplace, she argues, are revolutionizing the lives of children today. Fass begins by considering the role of the school as a fundamental component of social formation, particularly in a nation of immigrants like the United States. She goes on to examine children as both creators of culture and objects of cultural concern in America, evident in the strange contemporary fear of and fascination with child abduction, child murder, and parental kidnapping. Finally, Fass moves beyond the limits of American society and brings historical issues into the present and toward the future, exploring how American historical experience can serve as a guide to contemporary globalization as well as how globalization is altering the experience of American children and redefining childhood. Clear and scholarly, serious but witty, Children of a New World provides a foundation for future historical investigations while adding to our current understanding of the nature of modern childhood, the role of education for national identity, the crisis of family life, and the influence of American concepts of childhood on the world's definitions of children's rights. As a new generation comes of age in a global world, it is a vital contribution to the study of childhood and globalization.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814727577
(5830mm x 3895mm x 17mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Paula S. Fass
Children and Youth During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Paperback (September 2014)
After the Civil War, urbanization, industrialization, and immigration marked the start of the Gilded Age, a period of rapid economic growth but also social upheaval. This book includes essays, which foreground the role that youth played in exerting agency over their own lives and in contesting the policies that sought to protect and control them.
Kidnapped, Paperback (July 2006)» View all books by Paula S. Fass
Explores how our fear has evolved from its first chilling realization in 1874, when Americans were startled and horrified to discover that their children could be held for ransom, when sexual predators seem to threaten our children at every turn. This book looks at some of the great kidnapping cases in American history.
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Author Biography - Paula S. Fass
Paula S. Fass is the Margaret Byrne Professor History at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America, Outside In: Minorities and the Transformation of American Education, and The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920s. She is the editor of The Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society and (with Mary Ann Mason) Childhood in America (available from NYU Press).
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