A Universal Child?
By (author) Roger S. Smith
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Universal Child? by Roger S. Smith
Book DescriptionWhat is a child? Is childhood a universal concept or is it disappearing in modern society? We all have our own idea of what childhood is, but it is surprisingly difficult to pin down - and widely debated among politicians, professionals, academics, and even parents and children themselves. This important book questions and analyses what it is to be a child, focusing on the theory and evidence. Part I identifies aspects of childhood that provide an analytical framework for the book's subsequent discussion. Part II considers 'childhood in context' - examining both historical and contemporary evidence from around the world. Part III draws together these discussions to assess the question of whether, and to what extent, childhood is a fixed or fluid phenomenon. Throughout, the author: a- Draws on evidence from an array of cultures, contexts and forms of social organization. a- Explores the complementary value of psychological, biological and sociological theories. a- Considers anthropological, geographical and environmental influences on children's lives. a- Seeks to understand the impact of policy and law on how children are treated and perceived. A Universal Child? makes you think about your own childhood, the world in which today's children live and the variety of experiences which can be defined as a childhood. It provides a clear base for further analysis and debate for all those interested in what it means to be a child, making it invaluable reading for students of Childhood Studies and those studying related social science courses
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781403907851
(216mm x 136mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Roger S. Smith
Universal Child?, Hardback (October 2009)
Addressing questions about the cultural specificity of childhood, the complementary value of psychological, biological and social understandings of children, and the impact of policy and law on how children are dealt with and perceived, this will be a core text for many courses related to childhood studies.
Doing Social Work Research, Paperback (September 2009)
This accessible book is based on the author's extensive practical experience of carrying out and teaching research in the social work field. Social work research is shown to be both a distinctive academic enterprise and a task that can be accomplished effectively in line with the values and ethical principles that lie at the discipline's core.
Social Work with Young People, Paperback (August 2008)» View all books by Roger S. Smith
There is nothing like this on the market that focuses on young people as a whole, rather than on sectors of youth (e.g. young offenders, young people in care etc. ) Suitable on a wide range of social work courses, e.g. children and families, drugs and alcohol users, mental health, family support - should be widely marketed.
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Author Biography - Roger S. Smith
ROGER SMITH is Professor of Social Work Research at School of Applied Social Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
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