11.22.16 - Lecture - Anthropological Approach to Childhood...

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Childhood: A Socio-Cultural ApproachThe New Social Studies of ChildhoodDiscourse and the SocialDevelopment and SocialisationThe Question of FuturityThe New “Paradigm” Ethnocentrism:The idea that the culture, social life, morals and manners of Europeans or Americans are necessarily “better” than those of others. The New Social Studies of Childhood“Child-focused” and “child-centered” studyClaimed that children’s lives were as worthy of study as any other section of societyIt requires the use of children as primary informantsIt focuses on their agency and their lived experiences of childhoodIn this new social studies of childhood, adolescence and childhood are recognized as social constructions rather than biological facts. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)Ratified in 1989The most widely signed rights treaty in the history of international law:Somalia and the USA did NOT ratify it

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