Childhood Through the Looking Glass


Childhood Through the Looking Glass


Edited by Vibha Sharma and Ashlie Brink

Format: eBook (PDF)

Year: 2016

The book provides an insight into the concept of childhood from across the continents delving into literature, society, government policies, technology, psychological concepts and socio-religious aspects.


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Children and childhood in the modern world are generally considered to be synonymous with play, laughter, fun and frolic. To many it is a special phase in life which should be carefree and where the worries of the adult life should not cast shadows. This book captures childhood in its myriad hues and examines it through a lens to give an enriched experience and kaleidoscopic view to the reader. Written by authors from diverse fields of study representing many countries and cultures across the globe in their endeavour to explore the countless aspects of children and childhood, this volume traverses an inter-disciplinary approach, giving the reader a holistic view.

Vibha Sharma and Ashlie Brink

Part I Children’s Wellbeing

The Discovery of Childhood
Karen L. Taylor

Development of the Concept of Childhood and Child Welfare in India
Vibha Sharma

Changing Perceptions of Child-Rearing in Contemporary Japan: The Nurturing Father
Aurore Montoya

Parenting for Cognitive Development: Advice to Parents
Carla Vilhena and António Gomes Ferreira

Children as Victims and as Perpetrators: From Symbolic Incongruence to Ineffective Practice
Paula Cristina Martins

Part II Children’s Play Spaces

The Secret Places of Childhood
Wendy C. Turgeon

Perceptions of Play in Childhood: Uncovering Cultural Hijacking or Harmony?
Jill E. Gelormino and Lisa Patterson

Adolescence and Liminality in Carson McCuller’s Short Fiction
Erin Bell

Part III Indigenous Children

Growing up Boys and Girls: Traditional Australian Aboriginal Parenting Practices
Christine Cheater

Indigenous Children and Social Inclusion in Canada
Terry Wotherspoon

Part IV Children and ICTs

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in an Early Childhood Education Setting
Sara Archard and Simon Archard

iPad Babies and Parental Intermediation on YouTube
Bjorn Nansen and Darshana Jayemanne

Part V Children in Research

Children Researching Children: Evidence from the KLT Survey
Dirk Schubotz and Katrina Lloyd

The Positioning of Children and Childhood in Research: The Perspectives of Pioneering Researchers
Carmel Smith

Part VI Discourses of Childhood

White Snow in the Mirror: An Inversion of the Innocent Childhood Paradigm
Rachel Harris

Institutional Moral Panic
Miriam K. Damrow

Part VII Social Constructions of Childhood

The Social Construction of Childhood and its Implications on the Battlefield
Michelle Jones

Innocence Lost: The Case of Child Combatants in Colombia and Their Reintegration
Alexandra Mária Kiss

When Age Descriptive Words Matter
Ashlie Brink

Religious Diversity in Kindergartens
Helena Stockinger

A Medial Understanding of Child Development and Education
Philippe Eberhard and Xiao-lei Wang

Vibha Sharma is working as Associate Professor and Head, Department of Public Administration, MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, India. Her PhD is on Child Welfare wherein she has assessed the Government Policy and Administration of Child Welfare in one of the key States in India. Child Welfare and E-Governance are the main areas of her research. She has published two books and a number of research papers on child welfare in national and international journals.

Ashlie Brink is an emerging academic and Lecturer in Te Oranga, The School of Human Development and Movement Studies within Te Kura Toi Tangata, The Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato. Her PhD research is in Human Development with a focus on childhood studies and early-adolescence. Ashlie has a background in primary and early childhood education with a particular interest in Children’s Development, Inclusive Education and Disability Issues/Studies.