New PDF release: Children at the Millennium (Advances in Life Course

By Timothy J Owens, Sandra L. Hofferth

ISBN-10: 0762307765

ISBN-13: 9780762307760

Produced below the auspices of the part at the Sociology of kids and early life of the yankee Sociological organization, this quantity presents a cohesive, wide-ranging resource of data at the lifestyles classes of youngsters and teenagers. Contributions mirror: demographic analyses and projections; dualitative facets of kid's lives; youngsters and adolescence in historic and cross-cultural viewpoint; problems with improvement in social context; teenagers and public coverage; and social and mental dynamics of adolescence and youth.

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The model of postmodern childhood strives to overcome this historic legacy of generational separation. It tends to view children as a minority group. Like other minority groups, they have the challenge of achieving social survival and recognition as a group with its own valid political, social, and psychological needs. Lastly, fundamentalist ideas center on archaic tribal niches in which children as well as adults are obliged to retreat from the hegemony of mainstream society by constituting separate cultures and territories.

At the same time we have to keep in mind that children’s problems and their low status are politically and structurally provoked in aging societies, but are by no means a necessary or unchangeable feature within modern aging societies, as is certainly the case in undeveloped young societies. The problem of low access rates of the young to the resources of modern society is caused by social policies and may become the focus of a social movement to fight the uneven material and immaterial distribution between the younger and older generations (distributional justice).

Modern Childhood Modern and postmodern models of childhood are similar in that they both blur and transgress the traditional line separating the worlds of childhood and adulthood. In the case of modern childhood, children participate in the highly organized and stressful urban life of adult civilization. They are little managers in their own world of schooling, household, traffic, malls, culture and sport clubs. In searching for characteristic features of modern childhood, we hypothesize that we will find in the everyday world of children essentially the same dimensions of modernity which constitute the everyday life of adults in developed industrialized societies (Buechner & Fuhs, 1994, p.

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