This book provides a clear, focused road map to the study of the body in society. It defines, explains and applies core topics relating to the human body demonstrating how we approach it as a social phenomenon.

Each concept: Includes an easy to understand definition; Provides real-world examples; Gives suggestions for further reading; Is carefully cross-referenced to other related concepts

Written to meet the needs of the modern student this book offers the basic materials, tools and guidance needed study and write about the body.

Ageing and Childhood

Ageing and childhood

Definition Childhood is stage of life that can be said to be a period of growth and physical maturation. The United Nations (UN) defines childhood as the period from birth to 18 years of age (see especially the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)). This is a very broad and sometimes unworkable span of time: it doesn't necessarily fit with the lived realities of people across all social and cultural differences. The UN's intention is to protect the rights of young people who might be seen to be vulnerable because of their age, and who may not enjoy full rights under the law within a society (see also Youth and Children). In contrast, ageing is the process ...

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