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Sociology Children and Childhood

"I was not a desperate wandering soul in search of a body. It was no favor giving birth to me" - rajrathnamvp.

"Treacherous though memory is, it seems to me the chief means we have of discovering how a child's mind works. The child and the adult live in different worlds. - George Orwell in 'Such, Such Were the Joys.'

A division bench of Justices B V Nagarathna and Hanchate Sanjeevkumar of Karnataka High Court in India—“We add that no child is born in this world without a father and a mother. A child has no role to play in his or her birth. Hence, the law should recognise the fact that there may be illegitimate parents, but no illegitimate children.”

The laws against cruelty to children were enacted in the United States after 1875 when the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals demonstrated that it was possible to prosecute parents for the abuse of children under laws against cruelty to animals. Sociology of Children is about children's nature, needs, interests, values, morals, and capabilities. Until the late 1980s, sociologists tended to include children in studies as passive objects in an adult-controlled process of socialization and as causes or victims of social problems. Humans have not evolved enough to think about a child's future before they beget them.

According to a new study, by the time a child turns 13, their parents have posted on average 1,300 photos and videos of them online. Imagine what big tech can and will do with that info. We had laws to protect animals before we had laws to protect children. The new Sociology of Children and Childhood starts from the assumption that children are active participants; rather than simply responding to the demands, instructions, or interpretations of adults.

Sociology of Children and Childhood examines the changing social circumstances of contemporary children's lives, social class differences in children’s life experiences, traditional and emerging perspectives on childhood socialization, recent research on gender and women and racial socialization of children, methodology issues involved in studying children and peer cultures created by children.

Sociology of Children and Childhood puts all aspects of children's lives at the center of investigation, rather than assuming that children are passive participants in interactions that involve adults.

The Sociology of Children, Childhood and Generation
Madeleine Leonard, Queen's University Belfast, UK. The Sociology of Children, Childhood and Generation 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.

Objectives of a course on sociology of children and sociology of childhood

To become familiar with changes in the societal definitions of childhood and children’s “place” in society.

To become aware of the methodological issues associated with research about children and childhood that puts their own perspectives at center stage.

To acquire knowledge about the social, emotional, and economic circumstances of children’s lives today and to find valid and reliable statistical information about children and childhood on an aggregate level.

To understand more fully the differences between sociological and psychological perspectives on children and childhood.

Sociology of Children and Childhood
Developing critical research on children’s lives and positions in societies and on childhood as a social phenomenon. The sociology of children and childhood research has become well established internationally. The sociology of children and childhood has developed critical alternatives to mainstream research on children and has generated significant contributions to understanding childhood as a social phenomenon and children’s lives and positions in societies. The importance of children and childhood as topics is reflected in a growing community of scholars engaged in theoretical and empirical work in this area across Europe. 

"Children's Studies: Beginnings and Purposes". Lenzer, Gertrud.
The Lion and the Unicorn, The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Excerpt: The real question is whether it is still normal for a schoolchild to live for years amid irrational terrors and lunatic misunderstandings. And here one is up against the very great difficulty of knowing what a child really feels and thinks. A child which appears reasonably happy may actually be suffering horrors which it cannot or will not reveal. It lives in a sort of alien under-water world which we can only penetrate by memory or divination. Our chief clue is the fact that we were once children ourselves, and many people appear to forget the atmosphere of their own childhood almost entirely.

"When kids eat healthier foods, this can have a really important impact on their cognitive functioning, which can then translate potentially to better academic performance," said Juliana Cohen, an assistant professor of health sciences at Merrimack College in Massachusetts and adjunct assistant professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. What's on the menu for midday meal can vary depending on where you live.