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This book introduces the inter-disciplinary study of childhood and youth and the multi-agency practice of professionals who serve the needs of children, young people and their families. Exploring key theories and central ideas, research methodology, policy and practice, it takes a holistic, contextual approach that values difference and diversity. It examines concepts such as identity, representation, creativity and discourse and issues such as ethnicity, gender and the ‘childhood in crisis’ thesis. Furthermore, it challenges opinion by exploring complex and controversial modern-day issues, and by engaging with a range of perspectives to highlight debates within the field.

Childhood in Crisis?
Childhood in crisis?

The archetype of the child from the early twenty-first century differs significantly from those images we tend to conjure for the preceding century. That period evokes images of evacuees, boys playing football in the street, girls with dolls in prams, participation in organised activities such as boy scouts or girl guides. These have been replaced with the picture of the ‘computer game’ ...

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