The Disappearance of Childhood

The Disappearance of Childhood

Informative, alarming, and aphorisitc, The Disappearance of Childhood is a triumph of history and prophecy.

Author: Neil Postman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307797223

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today−and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood. Deftly marshaling a vast array of historical and demographic research, Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that childhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults. But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into poprular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds. Informative, alarming, and aphorisitc, The Disappearance of Childhood is a triumph of history and prophecy.
Categories: Social Science

Children and the Politics of Culture

Children and the Politics of Culture

Consumer: The. Disappearance. of. Childhood. in. Contemporary. Japan.
NORMA FIELD When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me
while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry "'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" So your
chimneys I ...

Author: Sharon Stephens

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691043280

Category: Social Science

Page: 366

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The bodies and minds of children--and the very space of children--are under assault. This is the message we receive from daily news headlines about violence, sexual abuse, exploitation, and neglect of children, and from a proliferation of books in recent years representing the domain of contemporary childhood as threatened, invaded, polluted, and "stolen" by adults. Through a series of essays that explore the global dimensions of children at risk, an international group of researchers and policymakers discuss the notion of children's rights, and in particular the claim that every child has a right to a cultural identity. Explorations of children's situations in Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, England, Norway, the United States, Brazil, and Germany reveal how children's everyday lives and futures are often the stakes in contemporary battles that adults wage over definitions of cultural identity and state cultural policies. Throughout this volume, the authors address the complex and often ambiguous implications of the concept of rights. For example, it may be used to defend indigenous children from radically assimilationist or even genocidal state policies; but it may also be used to legitimate racist institutions. A substantive introduction by the editor examines global political economic frameworks for the cultural debates affecting children and traces intriguing, sometimes surprising, threads throughout the papers. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Norma Field, Marilyn Ivy, Mary John, Hae-joang Cho, Saya Shiraishi, Vivienne Wee, Pamela Reynolds, Kathleen Hall, Ruth Mandel, Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, and Njabulo Ndebele.
Categories: Social Science

Conflicting Paths

Conflicting Paths

CHAPTER SIX The Disappearance of Childhood in Our Own Time ? รี “
TROUBLED times force teens to grow up fast , ” blares the front page of the
Sunday Dallas Morning News , March 8 , 1992. “ You don't have to be a parent to
be alarmed ...

Author: Harvey J. Graff

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674160665

Category: History

Page: 426

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Conflicting Paths is an innovative history of growing up in America that includes analysis, testimonial evidence and the documentation from autobiographies, diaries and correspondence from more than 500 individuals.
Categories: History

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development

125), the disappearance of children's clothes while adults have begun to wear
clothes that werepreviously intended for ... Interestingly, the period discussedby
Postman inrelation to the disappearance of childhood, the 1970s,also witnessed
an ...

Author: Peter K. Smith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444390910

Category: Psychology

Page: 712

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The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition presents an authoritative and up-to-date overview of research and theory concerning a child's social development from pre-school age to the onset of adolescence. Presents the most up-to-date research and theories on childhood social development Features chapters by an international cast of leaders in their fields Includes comprehensive coverage of a range of disciplinary perspectives Offers all new chapters on children and the environment, cultural influences, history of childhood, interventions, and neuro-psychological perspectives Represents an essential resource for students and researchers of childhood social development
Categories: Psychology

The End of Children

The End of Children

Changing Trends in Childbearing and Childhood Graham Allan, Nathanael
Thomas Lauster. 6 Leaving Home: An Example of the Disappearance of
Childhood and Its End as a Predictable Set of Uniform Experiences Adena B.K.
Miller In this ...

Author: Graham Allan

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774821926

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 198

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"Fertility rates have fallen dramatically around the world. In some countries, there are no longer enough children being born to replace adult populations. The disappearance of children is a matter of concern matched only by fears that childhood is becoming too structured or not structured enough, too short or too long, or just simply too different from the idealized childhoods of the past.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Key Concepts in Childhood Studies

Key Concepts in Childhood Studies

Disappearance. or. Loss. of. Childhood. The idea that the differences between
children and adults are becoming less ... It was Neil Postman (1982) who first
suggested that childhood was disappearing, and in his analysis of the changing ...

Author: Allison James

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446200025

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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A systematic, clear introduction to the expanding field of Childhood Studies. Valuable entries including Agency, Play and Welfare introduce key ideas and explore interwoven multi-disciplinary themes. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed and cross-referenced by the book's intelligent organisation and flow to explain in-depth issues as respected pioneers Alison James and Adrian James offer students and specialists: " Lucid accounts of the key concepts " Authoritative and reliable data " Accessible text format The book is an ideal primer and refresher for students of Childhood Studies. Alison James is Professor in Sociology and Adrian James is Professor in Social Work, both at The University of Sheffield. 'This is a superb introduction to the fascinating field of childhood studies. A series of well chosen entries provide concise summaries of key ideas, and accessible introductions to some highly complex issues. The authors brilliantly weave together their different themes with their use of cross-referencing, so that the whole is even richer than the individual parts. I would recommend it to any beginning student of Childhoods Studies, as well as more advanced ones' - Nigel Thomas, Professor of Childhood & Youth Research, University of Central Lancashire
Categories: Social Science

Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education

Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education

'Disappearing Childhood'. Childhood Education. 58. 2. pp.66-8. 1981. 'The Day
Our Children Disappear: Predictions of a Media Ecologist'. Phi Delta Kappan. ... '
The Disappearance of Childhood'. Children's Theatre Review. 32. 1. pp.19-23.

Author: Liora Bresler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134592586

Category: Education

Page: 320

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Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education looks at fifty of the twentieth century's most significant contributors to the debate on education. Among those included are: * Pierre Bourdieu * Elliot Eisner * Hans J. Eysenck * Michel Focault * Henry Giroux * Jurgen Habermas * Susan Isaacs * A.S. Neill * Herbert Read * Simone Weill. Together with Fifty Major Thinkers on Education this book provides a unique history of educational thinking. Each essay gives key biographical information, an outline of the individual's principal achievements and activities, an assessment of his or her impact and influence and a list of their major writings and suggested further reading.
Categories: Education

The Future of Childhood

The Future of Childhood

This erodes but does not completely dissolve the boundary between childhood
and adulthood. The claim that childhood is disappearing is a perhaps
understandable response to this situation. However, it misapprehends processes
of ...

Author: Alan Prout

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134518678

Category: Education

Page: 184

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Alan Prout discusses the place of children and childhood in the late modernity. He argues that there appears to be a greater cultural confusion about the form that childhood should take.
Categories: Education

Childhood Youth And Social Change

Childhood  Youth And Social Change

Stimulated inter alia by the disappearance of childhood thesis (Postman, 1983), a
new branch of West German research into childhood also deals with modern
media and consumer childhood as an expression of changes in children's ...

Author: Lynne Chisholm

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135387754

Category: Education

Page: 288

View: 713

First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Education

Reclaming Childhood

Reclaming Childhood

'Children could be convicted for any of the more than two hundred crimes for
which the penalty was hanging,' US critic and communications theorist Neil
Postman writes in The Disappearance of Childhood (Postman 1994: 53). A
number of ...

Author: Helene Guldberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135226268

Category: Education

Page: 216

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Children are cooped up, passive, apathetic and corrupted by commerce... or so we are told. Reclaiming Childhood confronts the dangerous myths spun about modern childhood. Yes, children today are losing out on many experiences past generations took for granted, but their lives have improved in so many other ways. This book exposes the stark consequences on child development of both our low expectations of fellow human beings and our safety-obsessed culture. Rather than pointing the finger at soft ‘junk’ targets and labelling children as fragile and easily damaged, Helene Guldberg argues that we need to identify what the real problems are – and how much they matter. We need to allow children to grow and flourish, to balance sensible guidance with youthful independence. That means letting children play, experiment and mess around without adults hovering over them. It means giving children the opportunity to develop the resilience that characterises a sane and successful adulthood. Guldberg suggests ways we can work to improve children’s experiences, as well as those of parents, teachers and ‘strangers’ simply by taking a step back from panic and doom-mongering.
Categories: Education

Defending Childhood

Defending Childhood

The disappearance of childhood. New York: Vintage/Random House. Ranking
America. (2010). The U.S. ranks 4th in child poverty. Retrieved from http://
rankingamerica.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/the-u-s-ranks-2nd-inchild-poverty/
Santa ...

Author: Beverly Falk

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807770993

Category: Education

Page: 289

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“These pages make clear that the way to foster effective teaching is not with curriculum mandates and pacing guides but with professional learning opportunities that prepare expert educators to take advantage of and create teachable moments.” —From the Foreword by Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University This book brings together a group of extraordinary educators and scholars who offer important insights about what we can do to defend childhood from societal challenges. The authors explain new findings from neuroscience and psychology, as well as emerging knowledge about the impact on child development of cultural and linguistic diversity, poverty, families and communities, and the media. Each chapter presents experiences and suggestions, from the perspectives of different disciplines, about what can be done to ensure that all children gain access to the supports they need for optimal physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development. Defending Childhood features: New knowledge about how children learn from the neurobiological, behavioral, and social sciences. Effective teaching strategies that support learning and provide for the needs of the whole child. Examination of a broad range of issues that affect childhood, including violence, media and technology saturation, and a school culture of endless testing. Suggestions for policies and practices for an equitable educational system. Contributors include: Barbara Bowman, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Delis Cuéllar, Tiziana Filippini, Matia Finn-Stevenson, Eugene García, Howard Gardner, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, James J. Heckman, Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Mara Krechevsky, George Madaus, Ben Mardell, Sonia Nieto, Valerie Polakow, Aisha Ray, Robert L. Selman, Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Edward Zigler Beverly Falk is professor and director of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at The School of Education, The City College of New York, and author of Teaching the Way Children Learn.
Categories: Education

Reclaiming Childhood

Reclaiming Childhood

London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. Pinker, S. 1994. The language instinct. New
York: William Morrow. Postman, N. 1982. The disappearance of childhood. New
York: Laurel. ———. 1992. Technopoly: The surrender of culture to technology.

Author: William Crain

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429931892

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

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An expert in child development champions the importance of an unhurried childhood As our children are pushed harder than ever to perform so that they will one day "make the grade" in the adult world, parents are beginning to question the wisdom of scheduling childhood's basic pleasures. Across the country there have been parent rebellions against the overburdening with homework of young children by school officials bent on improving standardized test scores. And the "birth to three" movement has sparked a national debate on child development and educational policy. In Reclaiming Childhood, William C. Crain argues that rather than trying to control a young child, the best a parent can offer is "a patient and unobtrusive presence that gives the child the security and the freedom to explore the world on her own." He examines how children find their way to natural development through experiences with nature, art, and language, and makes a strong case for child-centered education-a movement that may be under fire, but that is very much alive.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Childhood and Cinema

Childhood and Cinema

1 Carolyn Steedman, Strange Dislocations: Childhood and the Idea of Human
Interiority, 1780–1930 (London and Cambridge, MA, 1995), p. 9. ... 5 See, for
example, Neil Postman's The Disappearance of Childhood (New York, 1982).

Author: Vicky Lebeau

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861895738

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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From Lolita to The Sixth Sense, the figure of the child in cinematic works has been a contested site of symbolism and controversy. Childhood and Cinema examines how the child in film has ultimately been used to embody the anxieties and aspirations of modern life. Vicky Lebeau investigates how films use children to probe such themes as sexuality, death, imagination, the terrors of childhood, and hope. The book ranges over the whole history of Western cinema, from the Lumière brothers’ 1895 Feeding the Baby to Walt Disney’s animation classics to Truffaut’s L’enfant sauvage and recent works such as Capturing the Friedmans and Kids. The figure of the child in film, Lebeau argues, is fundamentally ambivalent—always hovering on the edge between hope and despair, vulnerability and violence, or pleasure and trauma—and it ultimately offers a unique way of thinking about the significance of cinema itself. By turns engaging, thought-provoking, and informative, Childhood and the Cinema challenges us to reconsider the child figure as a conduit for critical reflection on what it means to be human.
Categories: Performing Arts

Saving Childhood

Saving Childhood

The sad stories of the Dubroff and Ramsey families highlight several essential
aspects of childhood's disappearance. For one thing, the two cases show the way
defenders of a new approach to parenting can make the paradoxical claim that ...

Author: Michael Medved

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061877605

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 336

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Saving Childhood offers parents and grandparents practical strategies to cope with a society that seems perversely determined to frighten and corrupt its young. Cultural critic and popular radio host Michael Medved and his wife, psychologist Diane Medved, argue that in a mistaken effort to curb problems plaguing its youth, our culture has changed from protecting childhood as a precious time of growth to hammering even the smallest youngsters with a grim, harsh, and menacing view of the world. The Medveds systematically present unassailable scientific evidence, moving anecdotes, and personal experiences of raising their three young children to explain the attack from four primary directions--media, schools, peers, and even well-intentioned parents themselves. In a unique analysis the Medveds define innocence not as ignorance but as the result of three components--security, a sense of wonder and optimism. They empower parents and all who care about childhood with concrete, easily accomplished means to fend off the assault, as well as advice for handling hurdles such as the Internet, television, peer pressure, and the plague of pessimism. Saving Childhood enables us to restore and maintain for our children imagination, confidence, and hope for the future.
Categories: Family & Relationships

The Children s Culture Reader

The Children s Culture Reader

Postman's lament represents less a concern with preserving childhood
innocence than with bemoaning the threat passed by popular culture to the
traditions of high culture and to a restricted notion of literacy and citizenship
training. The loss ...

Author: Henry Jenkins

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814742319

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 532

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Stock market euphoria and blind faith in the post cold war economy have driven the topic of poverty from popular and scholarly discussion in the United States. At the same time the gap between the rich and poor has never been wider. The New Poverty Studies critically examines the new war against the poor that has accompanied the rise of the New Economy in the past two decades, and details the myriad ways poor people have struggled against it. The essays collected here explore how global, national, and local structures of power produce poverty and affect the material well-being, social relations and politicization of the poor. In updating the 1960s encounter between ethnography and U.S. poverty, The New Poverty Studies highlights the ways poverty is constructed across multiple scales and multiple axes of difference. Questioning the common wisdom that poverty persists because of the pathology, social isolation and welfare state "dependency" of the poor, the contributors to The New Poverty Studies point instead to economic restructuring and neoliberal policy "reforms" which have caused increased social inequality and economic polarization in the U.S. Contributors include: Georges Fouron, Donna Goldstein, Judith Goode, Susan B. Hyatt, Catherine Kingfisher, Peter Kwong, Vin Lyon-Callo, Jeff Maskovsky, Sandi Morgen, Leith Mullings, Frances Fox Piven, Matthew Rubin, Nina Glick Schiller, Carol Stack, Jill Weigt, Eve Weinbaum, Brett Williams, and Patricia Zavella. "These contributions provide a dynamic understanding of poverty and immiseration" --North American Dialogue, Vol. 4, No. 1, Nov. 2001
Categories: Family & Relationships

The New Teaching Elementary Science

The New Teaching Elementary Science

Such works as Neil Postman's The Disappearance of Childhood, David Elkind's
The Hurried Child, Marie Winn's Children Without Childhood, Vance Packard's
Our Endangered Children, Valerie Suransky 's The Erosion of Childhood, Alex ...

Author: Selma Wassermann

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807735124

Category: Education

Page: 320

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This book is designed for teachers-to-be and practicing teachers who want to teach science with confidence and for those who are fearful of trying. It presents an inquiry-oriented method (instead of a smorgasbord of approaches) that capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity by emphasizing scientific exploration. The book removes the fear of teaching science by encouraging teachers to be scientific inquirers themselves, learning side-by-side with their students. The text features a theoretical model of inquiry-based teaching, Play-Debrief-Replay, that incorporates elements of investigative play with critical thinking skills. In the longest chapter, 60 fully developed, field-tested investigative science activities are included to promote experiential learning and concept development. Anxieties about teaching science are addressed head-on and dealt with sensitively and thoughtfully.
Categories: Education

The Death of the Grown Up

The Death of the Grown Up

... the Children? Advocates for Young Actors. 1. Noel Coward, “What's Going to
Happen to the Tots," English version, 1927; American version, 1955. . Neil
Postman, The Disappearance of Childhood (New York: Delacorte Press, 1982),
19.

Author: Diana West

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781466840751

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Diana West sees a US filled with middle-age guys playing air guitar and thinks "No wonder we can't stop Islamic terrorism." She sees Moms Who Mosh and wonders "Is there a single adult left anywhere?" But, the grown-ups are all gone. The disease that killed them was incubated in the sixties to a rock-and-roll score, took hold in the seventies with the help of multiculturalism and left us with a nation of eternal adolescents who can't decide between "good" and "bad", a generation who can't say "no". From the inability to nix a sixteen year-old's request for Marilyn Manson concert tickets to offering adolescents parentally-funded motel rooms on prom night to rationalizing murderous acts of Islamic suicide bombers with platitudes of cultural equivalence, West sees us on a slippery slope that's lead to a time when America has forgotten its place in the world. In The Death of the Grown-Up Diana West serves up a provocative critique of our dangerously indecisive world leavened with humor and shot through with insight.
Categories: Social Science

Child Welfare Historical perspectives

Child Welfare  Historical perspectives

Source: The Disappearance of Childhood, London: W.H. Allen; New York:
Delacorte, 1982, pp. 37-51. The first fifty years of the printing press are called the
incunabula, literally, the cradle period. By the time print moved out of the cradle,
the ...

Author: Nick Frost

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 041531254X

Category: Child abuse

Page: 440

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This collection focuses on child welfare in its specific sense: welfare and social interventions with children and young people undertaken by State bodies or NGO's. The term 'child welfare' is deployed differently in diverse international settings. In the United Kingdom child welfare tends to refer to individualised programmes for children who have experienced problems in their lives. In India, to take a contrasting example, it can also refer to major housing and nutrition programmes. This collection takes an inclusive approach to international perspectives.The collection is completed by a new general introduction by the editor, individual volume introductions, and a full index.Titles also available in this series include, Medical Sociology (November 2004, 4 Volumes, 495) and the forthcoming collection Health Care Systems (2005, 3 Volumes, c.395).
Categories: Child abuse

Imaginary Ethnographies

Imaginary Ethnographies

Beginning with Neil Postman's The Disappearance of Childhood,4 first published
in 1982, the 1980s and 1990s saw a flood of publications on the crisis,
endangerment, and disappearance of childhood. Postman's study was followed
by such ...

Author: Gabriele Schwab

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231530804

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Through readings of iconic figures such as the cannibal, the child, the alien, and the posthuman, Gabriele Schwab analyzes literary explorations at the boundaries of the human. Treating literature as a dynamic medium that "writes culture"—one that makes the abstract particular and local, and situates us within the world—Schwab pioneers a compelling approach to reading literary texts as "anthropologies of the future" that challenge habitual productions of meaning and knowledge. Schwab's study draws on anthropology, philosophy, critical theory, and psychoanalysis to trace literature's profound impact on the cultural imaginary. Following a new interpretation of Derrida's and Lévi-Strauss's famous controversy over the indigenous Nambikwara, Schwab explores the vicissitudes of "traveling literature" through novels and films that fashion a cross-cultural imaginary. She also examines the intricate links between colonialism, cannibalism, melancholia, the fate of disenfranchised children under the forces of globalization, and the intertwinement of property and personhood in the neoliberal imaginary. Schwab concludes with an exploration of discourses on the posthuman, using Samuel Beckett's "The Lost Ones" and its depiction of a future lived under the conditions of minimal life. Drawing on a wide range of theories, Schwab engages the productive intersections between literary studies and anthropology, underscoring the power of literature to shape culture, subjectivity, and life.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The New Handbook of Children s Rights

The New Handbook of Children s Rights

childhood understands as “a negotiated set of social relationships within which
the early years of human life are constituted” (James and Prout, 1997: 2). This
suggestion that distinctive histories, as well as cultures, construct different worlds
of ...

Author: Bob Franklin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134576906

Category: Law

Page: 448

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The new edition of this well established handbook provides up-to-date information on a topic of increasing importance across a range of disciplines and practices. It covers:* the debate concerning children's rights and developments in rights provision over the last twenty years* the impact of recent British legislation on children's rights in key a
Categories: Law