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.
Childhood studies has proved a rich ground for research into child health, through the raising of awareness about children as social actors and about childhood as a social institution as well as a generational category. Prior to the development of these new perspectives, children's health needs were largely framed by accounts generated from within either a medical or developmental framework. Social science research into child health saw it most often as a problem for parents and parenting, exploring the effects that childhood illness had on family life. An early example within this tradition is Vosey's (1975) account, ...