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.
Schooling and Schools
One of the distinctions that is often drawn between adults and children is that adults have to go to work and children have to go to school. However, as research on working children shows, this distinction certainly does not apply for the majority of the world's children, and even in modern industrialised societies many children also work. Nonetheless, it remains the case that an important landmark in the development of modern conceptions of childhood was the withdrawal of children from the labour force and the making of school attendance compulsory. In England, this process took place in the 1870s and 1880s and, as ...