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Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations provides an innovative, interdisciplinary perspective on theory, research, and methodology of dynamic processes in parent-child relations. Edited by distinguished scholar Leon Kuczynski, this accessible volume is divided into six parts. Part I concerns dyadic processes in parent-child relationships and provides the conceptual grounding for the volume as a whole. Parts II and III examine the agency of the child and the agency of the parent, respectively. Part IV considers dynamics in the parent-child dyad as they are mediated by or impact on various lifespan, cultural, and ecological contexts. Part 5 addresses the methodological implications of adopting a dynamic process view of parent-child relations. Part 6 weighs future directions for theory, research, and practice. Interdisciplinary in scope, Handbook of Dynamics ...

Perspectives on Children's Agency within Families: A View from the Sociology of Childhood
Perspectives on children's agency within families: A view from the sociology of childhood

This chapter introduces some ideas from the emerging field of the “sociology of childhood,” drawing on research from Europe and the United States. It describes some of the recent trends within sociology and attempts to explain how sociologists think about childhood and conceptualize children. It explores what some of these trends mean in practice, highlighting some of the methodological implications of this “new” approach. Up until the mid-1980s, sociologists were—on the whole—happy to leave the study of “the child” to developmental psychology, and to assume that children developed and were socialized into adulthood in relatively straightforward ways (arguably, mainstream sociology ...

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