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The Sociology of Childhood (Sociology for a New Century Series) [Paperback]

William A. Corsaro


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Table of Contents

Part I. The Sociological Study of Childhood
1. Social Theories of Childhood
Sociology’s Rediscovery of Childhood
Traditional Theories: Socialization
Children’s Understanding of Conservation of Mass
Interpretive Reproduction: Children Collectively Participate in Society
Do Chips Have Blood on Them?
From Individual Progression to Collective Reproductions
2. The Structure of Childhood and Children’s Interpretive Reproductions
Assumptions of the Structural Perspective
The New American Grandparent
Age and Gender in Hausa Society
Childhood, Children’s Activities, and Interpretive Reproduction in Peer Culture
Three Kinds of Collective Action
Preschool Children’s Secondary Adjustments to Teacher’s Rules
3. Studying Children and Childhood
Macrolevel Methods
Microlevel Methods
Nontraditional Methods in Studying Children
Ethical Issues in Researching Children’s Lives
Part II. Children, Childhood and Families in Historical and Cultural Context
4. Historical Views of Childhood and Children
Philippe Ariès’s Centuries of Childhood
The Debate Regarding Grand-Stage Theories of the Family and Childhood
The New History of Childhood
The Newsies
5. Social Change, Families and Children
Examining Changes in Families From the Children’s Perspective
Children’s Everyday Lives in Families
Amy Sticks Up for Her Mom
The Effects of Recent Socioeconomic Changes on Children and
Childhood in Western Societies
What Is a Family?
Racial and Ethnic Diversity of the Population of Children and Youth
The Lives of Immigrant Children
The Effects of Recent Socioeconomic Changes on Children and Childhood in Developing Societies
Part III. Children’s Cultures
6. Children’s Peer Cultures and Interpretive Reproduction
Examining Peer Culture from Children’s Perspective
Central Importance of Peer Culture in Interpretive Reproduction
Symbolic Aspects of Children’s Cultures
Material Aspects of Children’s Cultures
Children, Parents, and Consumer Culture
7. Sharing and Control in Initial Peer Cultures
Central Themes in Children’s Initial Peer Cultures
Friendship, Sharing, and Social Participation
The Little Chairs Routine
Access Rituals in an American Preschool
Italian Children’s Production of the Cantilena in Discussione
Autonomy and Control in Peer Culture
Two Husbands
Non C’È Zuppa Inglese
The Walking Bucket
La Strega
8. Conflict and Differentiation in the Initial Peer Culture
Conflict and Peer Relations
Bad Wolves Do Not Exist
Social Differentiation in Initial Peer Cultures
9. Pre-Adolescent Peer Cultures
Peer Cultures in Preadolescence
Friendship Processes in Preadolescent Peer Cultures
Autonomy and Identity in Preadolescent Peer Cultures
Cradle of Love
Disputes, Conflict, Friendships, and Gender
Boys and Cooties
Generation M: Electronic Media in the Lives of Preadolescents and Adolescents
Effects and Process of Media Use in the Lives of Preadolescents and Adolescents
Part IV. Children, Social Problems, and the Future of Childhood
10. Children, Social Problems, and the Family
Changing Family Structures and Children’s Lives
Work, Families, and Childhood
Divorce and Its Effects on Children
Child Abuse in the Family
11. Children, Social Problems and Society
Poverty and the Quality of Children’s Lives
The Abraham Lincoln of Child Workers
Growing Up Fast: The Story of Nicholas
Teen Pregnancy and Nonmarital Births
Violence, Victimization, and the Loss of Childhood
Bullying: Patterns and Trends
12. The Future of Childhood
The Major Challenges
Some More Modest Proposals to Enrich Children’s Lives

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