Childhood Part 1: Is the experience of childhood a recent social construct?

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Published on 14th August 2019 by

Childhood Part 1:

Is the experience of childhood a recent social construct?

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This A-Level Sociology video explores sociologists view that childhood has been socially constructed; or created and defined by society. They view the meaning of childhood, and the position children hold in society, as changing between different times, places and cultures. This is shown in the comparison of western childhood today versus the idea of childhood in the past and in other societies.

This video includes concepts and sociologists such as:

  • social construction
  • Pilcher
  • Separateness of children
  • Cross-cultural differences in childhood
  • Philippe Aries
  • Historical differences in childhood
  • Child-centred society

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Quiz

Who indicated that there is no single universal childhood, experienced by all?

Correct! Wrong!

Who stated that childhood is socially constructed?

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Who indicated that 'separateness' is the most important concept of modern childhood?

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Who stated that ‘the idea of childhood does not exist’ in the Middle Ages?

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Who indicated that attitudes towards children in the Middle Ages led to child neglect and indifference eg calling children 'it'?

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