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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A Universal Child?

ISBN 9781403907844
Publication Date December 2009
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

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.

ROGER SMITH is Professor of Social Work Research at School of Applied Social Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.



Introduction: The Disputed Child
Alternative Perspectives on Childhood
Children and Time: Historical and Contemporary Ideas About Childhood
Children and Place – an Inevitable Source of 'Difference'?
The Attempt to Identify Common Features of Childhood
Children, the State and Social Policy
Children and the Market
Children and the Media
Childhood: An Adult Conception?
What do Children Think About Childhood?
Childhoods: The Same Only Different?
What Should We Do About Children (and Childhood)?


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