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Kids in Context: The Sociological Study of Children and Childhood

reviewed by Laura Fingerson - April 20, 2006

coverTitle: Kids in Context: The Sociological Study of Children and Childhood
Author(s): Sarane Spence Boocock and Kimberly Ann Scott
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742520250, Pages: 336, Year: 2005
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The new sociology of childhood, with roots in Europe, has influenced the development of the rapidly growing sociology of children and adolescents in the last 10 to 20 years.  This approach views children as active participants in their own lives and the lives of those around them.  It views childhood as a unique structural and cultural space in societies; and it contends that childhood must be studied in its own right, independent of the concerns and perspectives of adults.  The “new sociology of childhood” takes children as its primary unit of study and focuses on children’s constructions of their own worlds.  This shows us how to take children and their ideas seriously by demonstrating how much we can learn from children and how much children have to say about their own lives.  In order to fully understand children and adolescents, whether we are teachers, parents, neighbors, or interested adults, we... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 20, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12494, Date Accessed: 8/8/2020 2:54:54 PM

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  • Laura Fingerson
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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    LAURA FINGERSON is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her forthcoming book from SUNY Press is titled, Girls in Power: Gender, Body, and Menstruation in Adolescence. She has published on issues related to adolescents, such as sexuality, media, the transition to college, and the body and power. She has also published a review of the sociology of children and adolescents and two papers on interviewing children and adolescents. Her current research explores how adolescents make their eating and physical activity decisions in their peer groups.
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