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.



To take part in and to contribute actively to a situation, an event, a process or an outcome, although the extent of the contribution and the autonomy with which it is made may vary considerably and may be constrained in various ways.

Participation is another everyday and widely understood concept that assumes particular significance in the context of childhood studies because in many societies, children's ability to participate is limited to clearly defined social spaces, most of which are policed and regulated by adults. One of the main reasons why children's participation has become a matter of importance, however, is the growing discourse about children's rights and, in particular, the significance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 1989 in ...

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