Outlining sociology’s distinctive contribution to childhood studies and our understanding of contemporary children and childhood, The Sociology of Children provides a thought provoking and comprehensive account of the connections between the macro worlds of childhood and the micro worlds of children’s everyday lives. Examining children’s involvement in areas such as the labour market, family life, education, play and leisure, the book provides an effective balance between understanding childhood as a structural phenomenon, and recognising children as meaning makers actively involved in constructing, co-constructing and reconstructing their everyday lives. Through the concept of ‘generagency’ Madeleine Leonard offers a model for examining and illuminating how structure and agency are activated within interdependent relationships influenced by generational positioning. This framework provides a conceptual tool for thinking about the continuities, challenges and changes that impact on how childhood is lived and experienced.

Macro Childhoods: Prioritising Structure

Macro Childhoods: Prioritising Structure

Chapter Aims

  • To outline and illuminate how macro structures impact on children and childhood.
  • To illustrate the impact that the Industrial Revolution had on how childhood was conceptualised.
  • To explore how wider structural processes have impacted on family life and relationships.
  • To account for the impact of compulsory education on children’s positioning in society.
  • To understand how the consumption practices of children have been shaped by wider transformations in childhood.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter you should:

  • Be able to understand the arguments in favour of considering childhood as a structural component of contemporary societies.
  • Comprehend the significant impact that the Industrial Revolution had on how childhood was conceptualised.
  • Know how wider structural forces impact on children’s experiences of family life.
  • Be able to reflect ...
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