Lecture 1

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Published on 6 Apr 2011
School
UTSC
Department
Health Studies
Course
HLTC23H3
Professor
HLTB02
January 10, 2010
Everything written in paper assignment should be in past tense
In this lecture:
1)Define childhood versus infancy
Natural history of the concept of childhood
Childhood is cultural artefact, whereas infancy is biologically determined
The Greeks had no real word for child, and childrens lives were pretty precarious
back in the days
What constitutes childhood has a concept?
oNeil postman argued once we had concept of shame that started to change
society
Now We try to protect children from certain kind of information and knowledge such
as sexual secrets
Early on Rome, there was a law preventing infanticide
oThe practice was acceptable if the child was deformed, female or in some
other way undesirable
The Middle Ages (also known as dark ages as we like to call it)
oLiteracy disappeared during middle ages. People couldnt read and write
because they were educated
Social literacy is what disappeared
Reading speed even among the literate diminished significantly.
Letters were very opaque
Business affairs were conducted aurally
Oral language develops much faster than written literacy
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 everything written in paper assignment should be in past tense. In this lecture: define childhood versus infancy.  natural history of the concept of childhood.  childhood is cultural artefact, whereas infancy is biologically determined. The greeks had no real word for child, and children"s lives were pretty precarious back in the days.  what constitutes childhood has a concept: neil postman argued once we had concept of shame that started to change society.  now we t ry to protect children from certain kind of information and knowledge such as sexual secrets.  early on rome, there was a law preventing infanticide: the practice was acceptable if the child was deformed, female or in some other way undesirable. The middle ages (also known as dark ages as we like to call it: literacy disappeared during middle ages. People couldn"t read and write because they were educated.  reading speed even among the literate diminished significantly.