The Sociology of Early Childhood is a theoretically and historically grounded examination of young children’s experiences in contemporary society. Arguing that a sociology of early childhood must bring together and integrate different disciplines, this book: • synthesises different sociological perspectives on childhood as well as incorporating multi-disciplinary research findings on the lives of young children • explains key theoretical concepts in early childhood studies such as investment, early intervention, professional power and discourse • examines the importance of play, memory and place • evaluates long term parenting trends • uses illustrative examples and case studies, discussion questions and annotated further reading to engage and stimulate readers. Invigorating and thought provoking, this is an invaluable read for advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students looking for a more nuanced and progressive understanding of childhood.

New Media Technologies And The Sexualisation Of Childhood

New Media Technologies And The Sexualisation Of Childhood

Introduction

This chapter focuses on the debate within contemporary childhood about the moral dangers that new media technologies pose for young children. I begin my discussion by looking at the controversies that surround the development of television and young children’s access to electronic technologies, outlining Postman’s (1994) influential claim that adults should try to protect them by keeping secrets about sexual behaviour. Authors like Palmer (2006) argue that young children’s exposure to visual culture, commercialism and new technologies produces a toxic cocktail that is damaging to their social development, creating high levels of anxiety and contaminating their experience of childhood. In the UK regular surges of media-fuelled moral panics have ...

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