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“It is refreshing to see a book such as this which is both broad in its conceptualization of the field of child research and deep in its focus. The volume's editors are paragons of awareness when it comes to the need for interdisciplinary research and theory to illuminate the lives and experience of children.”

James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

“Covers a satisfying and unprecedentedly wide range of research relating to childhood. The contributors include many eminent international scholars of childhood, making the book a valuable resource for child researchers. Child advocates will also find the book to be invaluable in their efforts to improve children's well-being, and to change policies and practices for the better.”

Anne Smith, University of Otago

“A really scintillating collection that will provide ...

Children as Consumers
Children as consumers
Children as Consumers

Although the majority of children on the planet do not live under conditions of affluence and consumerism, new groups of children are continuously entering this world of ‘little emperors'. Discussions of children as consumers illustrate that consumption is a pivotal part of socialization in modern societies. Consumer culture is different from earlier cultures primarily in terms of the scale and content of consumption, penetrating everyday life and culture as illustrated by the concept of shopping. Children's consumption is based on families' economic ability; children's consumption is a display of the economic and moral economy of the family as well as the fads and values of child cultures and the dynamics of the market. The divergent moorings of the ...

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