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 deceptively simple concept implying accountability to someone for something but one that has considerable rhetorical power, in the various contexts in which it is used and the meanings that it is given, in discourses about childhood.

To have a responsibility for something, whether it be for discharging a duty to complete a task or fulfilling a role, is to be accountable for any failure to meet that responsibility. That accountability may be towards an individual, such as a friend or a parent; it may be towards an institution such as a school, an employer or, on a larger social scale, the State; it may be towards a community, as in the case of a political, religious, secular, social or geographical community; or it may ...

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