Reconceptualising Agency and Childhood by Florian Esser

Reconceptualising Agency and Childhood: New perspectives in Childhood Studies (Routledge Research in Education) by Florian Esser, Meike S. Baader, Tanja Betz, Beatrice Hungerland
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Overview: By regarding children as actors and conducting empirical research on children’s agency, Childhood Studies have gained significant influence on a wide range of different academic disciplines. This has made agency one of the key concepts of Childhood Studies, with articles on the subject featured in handbooks and encyclopaedias.
Reconceptualising Agency and Childhood is the first collection devoted to the central concept of agency in Childhood Studies. With contributions from experts in the field, the chapters cover theoretical, practical, historical, transnational and institutional dimensions of agency, rekindling discussion and introducing fundamental and contemporary sociological perspectives to the field of research. Particular attention is paid to connecting agency in the social sciences with Childhood Studies, considering both the theoretical foundations and the practice of research into agency. Empirical case studies are also explored, which focus upon child protection, schools and childcare at a variety of institutions worldwide.
This book is an essential reference for students and scholars of Childhood Studies, and is also relevant to Sociology, Social Work, Education, Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and Geography.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Rituals of Childhood by Ivan G. Marcus

Rituals of Childhood: Jewish Acculturation in Medieval Europe by Ivan G. Marcus
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Overview: In medieval times, when a Jewish boy of five began religious schooling, he was carried from home to a teacher and placed on the teacher’s lap. He was then asked to recite the Hebrew alphabet and lick honey from the slate on which it was written, to eat magically inscribed cooked peeled eggs and cakes, to recite an incantation against a demon of forgetfulness, and then to go down to the riverbank with the teacher, where he was told that his future study of the Torah, like the rushing river, would never end. This book–Ivan Marcus’s erudite and novel interpretation of this rite of passage–presents a new anthropological historical approach to Jewish culture and acculturation in medieval Christian Europe.

Marcus traces ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman elements in the rite and then analyzes it from different perspectives, making use of narrative, legal, poetic, ethnographic, and pictorial sources, as well as firsthand accounts. He then describes contemporary medieval Christian images and initiation rites–including the eucharist and the Madonna and child–as contexts within which to understand the ceremony. He is the first to investigate how medieval Jews were aware of, drew upon, and polemically transformed Christian religious symbols into Jewish counterimages in order to affirm the truth of Judaism and to make sense of living as Jews in an intensely Christian culture.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Social Inequality, Childhood and the Media: A Longitudinal Study…

Social Inequality, Childhood and the Media: A Longitudinal Study of the Mediatization of Socialisation (Transforming Communications – Studies in Cross-Media Research)
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The New Childhood by Jordan Shapiro

The New Childhood: Elevating Youngsters to Thrive in a Linked World by Jordan Shapiro
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Overview: A provocative have a look at the brand new, digital panorama of childhood and easy methods to navigate it.

In The New Childhood, Jordan Shapiro gives a hopeful counterpoint to the fearful hand-wringing that has come to outline our narrative round youngsters and know-how. Drawing on groundbreaking analysis in economics, psychology, philosophy, and schooling, The New Childhood exhibits how know-how is guiding humanity towards a shiny future through which our youngsters will have the ability to create new, higher fashions of world citizenship, connection, and neighborhood.

Shapiro provides concrete, sensible recommendation on easy methods to dad or mum and educate youngsters successfully in a linked world, and gives instruments and strategies for utilizing know-how to interact with children and assist them be taught and develop. He compares this second in time to different nice technological revolutions in humanity’s previous and presents entertaining micro-histories of cultural fixtures: the sandbox, finger portray, the household dinner, and extra. However most significantly, The New Childhood paints a well timed, inspiring and constructive image of right now’s youngsters, recognizing that they’re poised to create a progressive, numerous, significant, and hyper-connected world that right now’s adults can solely barely think about.
Style: Non-Fiction > Instructional

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