We're Friends, Right?
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We're Friends, Right? by William A. Corsaro
Book DescriptionSociologists often study exotic cultures by immersing themselves in an environment until they become accepted as insiders. In this fascinating account by acclaimed researcher William A. Corsaro, a scientist "goes native" to study the secret world of children. Here, for the first time, are the children themselves, heard through an expert who knows that the only way to truly understand them is by becoming a member of their community. That's just what Corsaro did when he traded in his adult perspective for a seat in the sandbox alongside groups of preschoolers. Corsaro's journey of discovery is as fascinating as it is revealing. Living among and gaining the acceptance of children, he gradually comes to understand that a child's world is far more complex than anyone ever suspected. He documents a special culture, unique unto itself, in which children create their own social structures and exert their own influences. At a time when many parents fear that they don't spend enough time with their children, and experts debate the best path to healthy development, seeing childhood through the eyes of a child offers parents and caregivers fresh and compelling insights. Corsaro calls upon all adults to appreciate, embrace, and savor their children's culture. He asks us to take a cue from those we hold so precious and understand that "we're all friends, right?"
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780309087292
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Henry (Joseph) Press
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1969
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William A. Corsaro
Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies, Hardback (April 2009)» View all books by William A. Corsaro
A landmark publication in the field, this state of the art reference work, with contributions from leading thinkers across a range of disciplines, is an essential guide to the study of children and childhood, and sets out future research agendas for the subject.
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Author Biography - William A. Corsaro
William A. Corsaro, Ph.D.
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