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.

Minority Group Status

Minority group status

The minority group status of children identifies them as a social group that, in terms of its lack of political power and lack of control over and access to resources, is exploited and discriminated against, and is considered as separate and different from the majority adult population.

In many western industrialised societies, minority group status is most commonly associated with issues of immigration, ethnicity and cultural or religious difference. Perhaps the most common usage of the term is in relation to black and ethnic minority communities living in the midst of predominantly white and European majority populations, as in the UK and much of Europe. While reference to minority group status is important in the context of race, it should not ...

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