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.

Social World

Social world

The context of children's everyday lives as a social group of children and in relation to the adult world.

One of the first people to suggest that children might be regarded as having their own separate culture or social world was the social anthropologist Charlotte Hardman. In her ethnographic study of English children's school playground games, she drew on the work of the folklorists Iona and Peter Opie who had, over many years, put together collections of children's play, games, songs and other oral lore. These volumes, published in 1959 and 1969, revealed the existence of many children's games and rhymes that not only had endured across the centuries, but were also to be found in a variety of different forms in different ...

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