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The Child in Society

The Child in Society

December 2014 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The child has a very special place in society, and society defines and shapes childhood. Understanding childhood is essential to early years students and this book offers a great introduction.

Taking a thematic approach, chapters cover:

  • Historical and Cultural Perspectives
  • Policy and Economic Perspectives
  • Psychological and Biological Perspectives
  • Contemporary Views.

Each chapter prompts you to reflect on core issues and interrogate your practice and attitudes towards children in your care.

This fantastic foundation will help you to begin to understand the relationship between the child and society.


Introducing Childhood
Geographical and Anthropological Perspectives
Historical Perspectives
Spiritual and Philosophical Perspectives
Psychological and Biological Perspectives
Sociological Perspectives
Economic and Policy Perspectives
Educational Perspectives
Contemporary Perspectives
Factual and Fictional Perspectives

A strong text dealing with contentious issues in Early Years education. Well designed and challenging both at UG nad PG levels.

Mrs Faith Anne Fletcher
Secondary Education, The University of Chester
August 26, 2015

This text is interesting because it can engage readers in the trans-disciplinary themes that make up Childhood Studies. Students can use this text as a reference source and at the sometime learn about the historical,political and cultural influences and the role the pioneers in Early Education have taken towards the changing perspectives in contemporary society. The different disciplines and therefore discourses contained in this volume is concise and accessible. The overview at the beginning of each chapter does help the reader to contextualise each theme as do the summaries and refection boxes. Extensive range of materials and sources included.

Dr Estelle Martin
School of Education, University of East London
May 12, 2015

A fantastic book for all undergraduate students that are interested in understanding the different perspectives on childhood and a historical construction of childhood per se.

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
April 29, 2015

A useful guide to link early years and sociology

Mrs Caroline Marshall
Education, Gloucester college
September 13, 2016

The end of chapter summary and points for reflection are useful for students as a means to encapsulate the main aspects of discussion within each chapter and are within themselves thought provoking. The writer has taken the format that offers guidance to further reading and websites at the end of each chapter which also helps to consolidate the content of subject matter. A well-structured book that takes the reader into a broad range of perspectives on early childhood.

Mrs Karen Smith
Early Years, University Centre Barnsley
March 31, 2015

Thank you for this opportunity to inspect a thoroughly useful all-round, up to date text that will be of benefit to students on all modules of our FdA Early Childhood and will also be of use to other pathways. A great one-off purchase for students that will support them through their two year course.

Miss Caroline Meredith
School of Education and Innovation, Bishop Grosseteste University
March 22, 2015

An excellent introduction to the theories and concepts that a student of childhood studies needs to understand to make sense of the subject area.

Graham Grace-Gardener
Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University
March 18, 2015

An interesting book offering differing concepts of the individual child in society.

Mrs Nyree Nicholson
Early Childhood Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
September 29, 2015

a really interesting and useful read for myself and students alike

Mrs Melanie Mackinder
Early years Education, Bishop Grosseteste University
February 15, 2015

A variety of topics covered from sociological to psychological. Ideal core text for an early years related degree. Points for discussion allow students to reflect on own practice.

Miss Rebecca Bolan
Dept of Psychology, Kingston University
January 30, 2015

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