Applying material from Item A, analyse two changes in the position of children in society over the last 100 years.
A 10 mark ‘analyse with item’ practice question and answer for the AQA’s A-level paper 2: families
The Sociology of Childhood – Topic Overview
Subtopics 5.1 – To what extent is ‘childhood socially constructed’ 5.2 – The March of Progress view of childhood (and parenting) – The Child Centred Family and Society? 5.3 – Toxic Childhood and Paranoid Parenting – Criticisms of ‘The March of Progress View’ 5.4 – Is Childhood Disappearing? 5.5 – Reasons for changes to childhood…
Is Childhood Disappearing?
There is an argument that childhood as we know it is disappearing with the the distinction between adulthood and childhood is narrowing. Neil Postman (1994) argued that childhood is ‘disappearing at a dazzling speed’. As supporting evidence he looked at the trend towards giving children the same rights as adults, the growing similarity of adult…
Inequalities between children
The March of Progress view of childhood argues that childhood has gradually improved over the last century or so. However, conflict theorists argue that this view is quite rose tinted as it ignores the fact that not all children have benefited equally from the protections and services put in place. We can point to at…
Toxic Childhood – Toxic Childhood is where rapid technological and cultural changes cause psychological and physical damage to children The concept of Toxic Childhood is one of the main criticisms of the March of Progress view of chilhood – it is especially critical of the idea that more education and products for children are necessarily…