This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.



A description applied primarily to policy initiatives that claim to take into account children's interests.

Since the drawing up of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 1989, there has been a groundswell of policy initiatives in European and US contexts that claim to be child-friendly. That is to say, policies are presented as meeting the best interests and needs of children and, through this, the suggestion is that previous initiatives have not specifically focused on children as either citizens or consumers. In this sense, policy directives from institutions that claim to be child-friendly would appear to be upholding children's rights as set out in the Convention.

One good example of a child-friendly initiative is the Child Friendly Cities initiative that emanates ...

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