CHYS 1F90 Lecture Notes - Historylink, Child, Tobias Hecht

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There are diverse and sometimes conflicting beliefs about childhood. There are implications to various beliefs about childhood. Discourse is a concept used to understand childhood as a social construct. Imagination, innocence, age, carefree, exploration, dependency, striving for independence, curiosity. I/ innocent child vs. adult like child: defining innocence. Connected to a certain imagination, carefree attitude, playfulness: asexual. Talking about childhood as separate and no in junction with production and consumption (work): adults seem to be missing this, and long for it. You lose it as you grow up: history. Jean jacques rousseau: although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil. He believed that children are born good and innocent, and society corrupts a child. Expansion to middle and working classes: some consequences or effects. Protection versus participation because children are so innocent. (laws for seatbelts, drinking age, laws against abuse etc. )

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