This is a fabulous book which manages to provide both breadth and detail, and also manages to be academically rigorous whilst being very accessibly written. This book addresses different disciplinary approaches to this field of study, which Wright skilfully builds into a coherent and in-depth account of childhood across time and place.
The range and ambition of this book is impressive and the diversity of topics gives a broad framework and a wealth of information from which to examine childhood... In addition, free access to selected journal articles relating to the various topics extends the scope of the text and points for reflection at the end of each chapter engage the reader and provide opportunities for discussion – all these aspects are likely to appeal to tutors and students.
A fascinating journey through the analysis of childhood. The author draws on a wide-range of material from across the disciplines to explore childhood through a variety of lenses. Accessible, well-written and a joy to read. Hazel. R. Wright has produced perhaps the best multi-disciplinary book yet to be written exploring childhood.
Every ECS student needs to have an understanding of “childhood”. This book analyses “childhood” from a range of perspectives. An easy to read and informative resource.
Fits well with taught module
This is an interesting text which moves the discussion of childhood as a social construct forward. It will provide some interesting areas for discussion and some challenges to students' thinking about children's agency, voice and rights.
Students embarking on a degree in Early Childhood, learn very early that a large part of their studies involves looking at theory and the child in the social context of the time. This book supports them in achieving this
Well written, easy to read chapters with relevant up to date information. The chapter on the contemporary child is particularly relevant to the course. A lovely reference book which will be a favourite of learners.
This is a very good book for anyone studying issues around childhood, the historical discussion is particularly good.
Wright presents a very good analysis of childhood informed by a variety and well explained lenses, such as History, Anthropology, Economy, Psychology, Biology, Philosophy and Education. In the process she integrates the different disciplinary views into an understandable and coherent account of childhood for our time. She succeeded in addressing with great clarity many current fundamental issues in childhood studies. The book is well structured and written in a very accessible style.
Useful reminder to students of the child's position within society and to remember to look wider than the nursery environment
level 4 unit Social Policy. Lots of relevant information that can be used as supporting theory to aid knowledge of growing up in today's world.
An interesting book offering differing concepts of the individual child in society ensuring that students think wider than the nursery environment.
An interesting read, moving from historic to contemporary childhood. Explores the childs place in society not forgetting the links between the child and the environment and time to which they belong. Highly recommend both for tutors and students alike.
This is a brilliant book that explains the meaning of ‘a child’ and discusses childhood from different perspectives. It can be used for a variety of modules taught on Foundation and BA degrees.
Historical and political aspects of children within society well explained.
This is an area which always grips our students and starts off the debate...this text will enhance the discussion and support the links to theory.
Excellent coverage of issues related to the child in society covering different perspectives. It includes a clear discussion about what childhood is that may help in modules such as children's rights.
CLEAR EXCELLENT TEXT DEALING WITH CURRENT AND RELEVANT ISSUES THAT IMPACT ON YOUNG CHILDREN.
A SERIOUS TEXT SUPPORTING A RANGE OF HIGHER LEVEL COURSES.
A useful text for undergraduate students. Its clear presentation enables students to access the broad and fundemental issues influencing children's experiences in contemporary society.