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Department
Communication
Course
COMM 121
Professor
West
Semester
Spring

Description
BUCKINGHAM READING “CHANGING CHILDHOODS” • We are living through period of change in definitions of childhood and in children’s lived  experiences • Authors construct “stories” of children; they invoke cultural representations of kids, build  historical narratives around them o Represented as innocent, sinful, wise, free­spirited, etc. o Children’s lives and the meanings we attribute to childhood have changed in the past  two/three decades • Childhood depends on gender, race, ethnicity, social class, geographical location, etc. • Must recognize nature of contemporary childhoods, 3 arguments include: • Place of children within the family o In UK and other countries, steady decline in traditional nuclear family o “Traditional home” (couple with children) percentage is decreasing, divorce rate is  increasing o For many kids, family is no longer a stable environment o Children now increasingly addressed directly as consumers in their own right, rather  than simply as means of reaching parents o Styles of child­care have changed; move away from behaviorist approaches and more  towards those based on developmental psychology • Experiences of education, employment th o Children came to be segregated from adults in late 19  century with the introduction  of compulsory education o Education is the work of childhood and it cannot be stopped once children walk out of  the classroom  o Paid work among children is partly a response to the growth in teenage consumer  markets, and that it is seen by children as means of earning money for luxuries their  parents are unwilling/unable to afford • Uses of free time o Leisure time has been increasingly privatized and subjected to adult supervision over  the past 50 years o Principle location of leisure has moved from public spaces (street) to family spaces  (living room) to private spaces (bedroom) o ‘Stranger danger’ has encouraged parents to furnish the home, particularly child’s  bedroom, as a diverting, technologically rich alternative to the risks of the outside  world (also made possibly by central h
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