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.


The concept of socialisation has a long and varied history within the social sciences but, at its most simplistic level, it can be understood as the process through which children are ‘taught’ the social mores pertinent to any particular society or culture. This teaching is both explicit and implicit, both intentional and unintentional. Traditionally regarded as something that is ‘done’ to children, more recently socialisation is being explored in terms of the ways in which children acquire the social attributes pertinent to ‘being human’ in any particular society. Although most often used in relation to children, it is nonetheless a process which continues throughout life ...

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