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 group of people who belong to an age-based category.

In every society distinctions are made between older and younger people and, through using concepts of age to distinguish between people in this manner, different age-based social groups are created; these are known as generations. Following the early work of Mannheim (1952[1928]), it is important to see the concept of generation as embracing not only the actual experiences of people belonging to the same age group, but also their shared location as a group of people in historical time. By virtue of having been born at a similar point in history, the pattern of their individual life-course is likely to have been affected by large-scale societal events such as changing economic conditions, improvements in health ...

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