Childhoods Real and Imagined: Volume 1: An Introduction to Critical Realism and Childhood Studies Priscilla Alderson

ISBN: 9780415680974

Published: June 26th 2013

Hardcover

218 pages


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Childhoods Real and Imagined: Volume 1: An Introduction to Critical Realism and Childhood Studies  by  Priscilla Alderson

Childhoods Real and Imagined: Volume 1: An Introduction to Critical Realism and Childhood Studies by Priscilla Alderson
June 26th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 218 pages | ISBN: 9780415680974 | 6.71 Mb

This book is unusually rewarding in that its author has pulled off the rare trick of providing deep philosophical and theoretical underpinnings to a comprehensive reconsideration of childhood. Priscilla Alderson deploys Bhaskars dialecticalMoreThis book is unusually rewarding in that its author has pulled off the rare trick of providing deep philosophical and theoretical underpinnings to a comprehensive reconsideration of childhood. Priscilla Alderson deploys Bhaskars dialectical critical realism to excellent effect, illuminating not only our understanding of the presence, and absence, of children in our lives and discourses, but also the field of childhood studies.

It is rare that such an integrated text is accomplished and I look forward to the planned second volume. This is a work that should facilitate a rethinking of childhood for the new century. Graham Scrambler, Professor of Medical Sociology at University College London. Childhoods Real and Imagined explores and charts the relation of dialectical critical realist concepts to many of the aspects of childhood. By demonstrating their relevance and value to each other, Alderson presents an introductory guide to applied critical realism for researchers, lecturers and students involved in the study of childhood.Each chapter summarises key themes from several academic disciplines and policy areas, combining adults and childrens reported views and experiences and filtering them through a critical realist analysis.

The first four chapters deal with the more personal aspects of childhood, while the second half of the book widens the scope to include the impact of political decisions on children. Each chapter demonstrates how children are an integral part of the whole of society and are often especially affected by policies and events. Through developing the dialectical critical realist analysis of childhood and youth Childhoods Real and Imagined will be of great interest to critical realists and childhood researchers and policy advisers.



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