The several social constructions of James, Jenks, and Prout: A contribution to the sociological theorization of childhood

Morss, John 2002, The several social constructions of James, Jenks, and Prout: A contribution to the sociological theorization of childhood, International journal of children's rights, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 39-54.

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Title The several social constructions of James, Jenks, and Prout: A contribution to the sociological theorization of childhood
Author(s) Morss, John
Journal name International journal of children's rights
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 39
End page 54
Publisher Martinus Nijhoff
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2002-01
ISSN 0927-5568
Keyword(s) children
child devlopment
child psychlology
sociology
social sciences
Summary The article is intended to contribute to the ongoing debate over theorizations of childhood, especially in the terms articulated by Allison James, Chris Jenkins and Alan Prout. The article focuses on the notion of social construction as a theory of childhood. There are four valid approaches to theorizing childhood. The tribal approach treats childhood as a kind of exotic tribe with its own beliefs, practices and institutions. The social structural approach treats childhood as a structurally necessary stratum in any society. The minority group approach treats childhood as an oppressed minority group, able to some extent to represent themselves and exert quasi-political action. The socially constructed approach constitutes the sociological view of childhood. The key role played by the idea of social construction is made extremely clear in the earlier work, Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood by James and Prout. Social constructionism is said to be an interpretive approach, related historically to research on children's understanding of adult experimenters' intentions. The senses of social construction that emerge from critical psychology overlap a great deal with those articulated in the new sociology of childhood.
Language eng
Field of Research 180114 Human Rights Law
Socio Economic Objective 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2002, Martinus Nijhoff
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004354

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