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.
Traditional accounts of socialisation depict it as the process that teaches children about society and their place within it. In such accounts, this teaching process is largely conceived as one of knowledge transmission about social roles and behaviours that takes place from adults to children. Children's participation in this process receives little attention.[Page 73]
It was an increasing dissatisfaction with such accounts that, in part, heralded the development of childhood studies, with its commitment to more child-focused research through a focus on children as social actors. Interpretive reproduction developed as a theory of children's participation in social reproduction and change in this context, through the work of the American sociologist Bill Corsaro. Trying ...