Time and Childhood

The concept of time is a complex social construct that, in relation with a child primarily defined by its physiological development, becomes dual. The ability to conceive time is directly related to the individual capacity to be socially aware, to be conscious of the self and its interaction with the others, and to develop a sense of social belonging. Therefore, for a child under social and physiological construct, the interaction with time is to be considered from two perspectives. Firstly, the notion of time in childhood conveys the approach of behaviourists and physiologists analysing the embedment of this concept by the child. Secondly, the time of childhood is related to the sociological and anthropological analysis of the position of the child in the social ...

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