Childhood in Social Perspective


Social forces that have altered the role of children in society, with attention to changes in the population, labor force, community, family and kinship, schools, laws, government, and recreational and religious organizations. Focus on the United States, with some cross-cultural comparisons. Primary emphasis on how changes in the world of childhood have emerged as offshoots of scientific and technological innovations related to population dynamics, scientific and professional upgrading of work skills, narrowing of social and geographical distances, and legal and government responses to these changes. Analysis of data using quantitative methods. One course.

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