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.
In the context of research and public policy, calls for children's voices to be heard refers to the process of allowing children to articulate their views on matters that concern them.
The development of a new paradigm for the study of children within the social sciences in the 1970s (Prout and James, 1990) called for children and young people to be recognised as social actors and for their views and perspectives to be [Page 25]heard in order that their position in society might be better understood. Hardman (1973) suggested that children were literally ‘muted’ because their perspectives on society were not heard by adults; indeed, adults occupying positions of power and authority over children often silenced them. Since that time, this call for children ...