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The child in question

Author: Diana Gittins
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Diana Gittins draws on a range of sources - psychoanalytic, historical, social, literary, artistic and personal - to unpack our common assumptions about 'the child' and 'childhood' and explore the meanings and values that are commonly attributed to them. It is in the blurring and overlapping of adults' multiple and diverse notions of what 'the child' is and should be where confusions and contradictions arise."  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Gittins
ISBN: 0312173784 9780312173784 0312173792 9780312173791
OCLC Number: 36083694
Description: xviii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Is Childhood Socially Constructed? --
2. Who Owns Children? --
3. Is there a Child Within? --
4. What do Children Represent? --
5. Are Children Innocent? --
6. Children's Sexuality: Why do Adults Panic?
Responsibility: Diana Gittins.
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"Diana Gittins draws on a range of sources - psychoanalytic, historical, social, literary, artistic and personal - to unpack our common assumptions about 'the child' and 'childhood' and explore the meanings and values that are commonly attributed to them. It is in the blurring and overlapping of adults' multiple and diverse notions of what 'the child' is and should be where confusions and contradictions arise." "Gittins suggests, then, that the problem lies in what 'the child' means, and has meant, to adults and in how adults succeed in assimilating and organizing these conflicting meanings into behaviors and policies that will affect the life chances of real children further down the line."--BOOK JACKET.

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