Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.




Childhood refers to the state or time of being a child, as a phase of life that is understood both as separate from, and in preparation for, being an adult; whereas ‘child/ren’ refers to specific individuals or a group.


Within the context of material affluence in contemporary European and New World societies, childhood is understood as a special phase of the life course, involving the construction of ‘family’ and ‘home’ as a key space appropriate for childhood. This means that ideas of family and childhood are strongly linked. The predominant ways of thinking about children have involved seeing the family as the proper place for children's socialization into the norms and expectations of the society in which they live, with parents as responsible for children's ...

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