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.



The recognition, in the present, of the child's potential for being different in the future and the predication of present actions on the basis of this recognition.

Futurity is fundamental to understanding many conventional adult views of and attitudes towards children, which are powerfully encapsulated in the notion of childhood and children as ‘becoming’ rather than being (Jenks, 1996a). The notion of futurity also defines the social space of childhood. Although the components of the experience of childhood and the parameters that define its historical, cultural, political and social construction vary considerably, childhood is universally seen as an apprenticeship for adulthood. Thus, in the same way that we cannot understand the concept of child without comparison with the adult, we also cannot make full sense of ...

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