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.


There is considerable room for confusion surrounding the meaning of ethnicity because of cognate terms such as ‘race’ and ‘culture’, which are frequently used interchangeably in popular discourse. This is partly because there is some degree of overlap between the elements that define these terms. Thus people from any given ethnic group will often also have shared racial characteristics such as skin colour and other physical characteristics, although it is self-evident that not all people with the same colour skin have the same ethnic background. Similarly, people from the same ethnic group often share ...

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