Children of Social Worlds

Children of Social Worlds

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A decade ago "The Integration of a Child into a Social World", edited by Martin Richards, was first published. It has since become something of a manifesto for those who believe that psychological development can only be understood in the context of the social worlds in which children live and the social relationships they establish. This new volume reviews progress over the past ten years and looks forward to the future. It discusses the relations between children, their families and broader social institutions, as well as specific contemporary phenomena such as divorce and the threat of nuclear war. The development of children's language and thinking is examined within the context of the child's communication with others - a sustained attempt being made to avoid the individualistic approach so characteristic of research on child development. The authors are all leading researchers in their fields and are able to view the lives of children from the variety of perspectives crucial in an integrated study of this kind.
This book will be of interest to students and researchers in social psychology, child development and sociology; psychiatrists, psychologists and all professionals working with children.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 150 x 230mm | 537g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • index
  • 0745601006
  • 9780745601007

Table of contents

PART 1 PERSPECTIVES ON THE FAMILY Introduction 1. An anthropological perspective on children in social worlds (Jean La Fontaine) 2. Anxieties about the family and the relationships between parents, children and the state in twentieth-century England (Jane Lewis) 3. Judgements of Solomon: psychology and family law (Robert Dingwall and John Eekelaar) 4. Feminism and motherhood (Ann Oakley) ; PART 2 SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN CONTEXT Introduction 5. Growing up in a family world: issues in the study of social development in young children (Judy Dunn) 6. Evidence from three birth cohort studies for long-term and cross-generational effects on the development of children (Michael Wadsworth) 7. Gender development (Chris Henshall and Jacqueline McGuire) ; PART 3 DEVELOPING MINDS: LEARNING AND COMMUNICATION Introduction 8. Context, conservation and conversation (Paul Light) 9. Aspects of teaching and learning (David Wood) 10. Children's understanding of the distinction between messages and meanings: emergence and implications (W. Peter Robinson) ; PART 4 SOME BROADER ISSUES Introduction 11. The impact of the nuclear threat on children's development (Barbara Tizard) 12. Developmental psychology and psychoanalysis: splitting the difference (Cathy Urwin) 13. The step to social constructionism (Rom Harre) 14. Development in social context (David Ingleby) ;
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