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    • Brainstorm relay
      You have 90 seconds to think of as many reasons as possible for the changes in the position of children
    • AIM: TO UNDERSTAND BOTH POSITIVE AND CONFLICT VIEWS OF CHILDHOOD
      Key Question:
      HAS THE POSITION OF CHILDREN IN BRITAIN IMPROVED?
    • THINK OF KEY WORDS WE ASSOCIATE WITH CHILDHOOD……..
    • innocence
      happiness
      Fun
      playing
      Love
    • The positive view of childhood
      March in progress
      Over the past few centuries, the position of children has improved
      Today children are more valued, better cared for, protected etc
      The family and society have become more child centred!!
    • But could childhood be disappearing?
    • POSTMAN argues that childhood is disappearing…….
      The growth of television means that there are no more secrets from children. Television gives them unlimited access to the adult world. They are exposed to the ‘real world’ of sex, disaster, death, suffering.
      ‘Social blurring’- little distinction between adults and children. Children's games disappearing, they speak, dress and act more like adults.
    • Brooks (2001) has criticised Postman……
      But evidence suggests that adults are taking more and more control of children’s lives- cotton wool society!!!
      parents are more obsessed with safety, and ever more concerned with defining boundaries for their kids
      Perhaps it is children that are disappearing and not childhood- smaller % of our overall population today, and getting smaller...
    • Toxic childhood- Sue Palmer (2007)
      Expresses a similar viewpoint to Postman- Rapid technological and cultural changes are harming children
      Parents are spending less time with their children and are more than happy to allow technologies, such as video games, occupy their children’s home upbringing!
      Children are deprived of traditional childhood and family life- not so child centred now!!!
    • But it is not all positive...
      Conflict view
      Marxist and feminists
      View society as based on inequality- dominant group oppress the subordinate
      Argue that the ‘march of progress’ view of childhood is based on a false and idealised image that ignores INEQUALITIES!
    • Inequalities among children
      Not all children will share the same status or experience of childhood
    • Inequalities between children and adults
      March of Progress view the power that parents have over a children as a positive thing, benefiting and protecting children
      But- conflict theorists see this power as a form of oppression and control
      Adults are able to keep children in their place, making them powerless, dependent and reliant on others!!
    • Neglect and abuse
      Dark side of the family where parents control their children through physical and mental abuse
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9njhcQUlXc
    • Inequalities between children and adults
      What other ways do adults have control over children?
    • Task
      Adults have control over children’s.....
      Space
      Time
      Bodies
      Access to resources
      Read pages 33-34 and make notes
    • So has the position of children improved?
      Tennis
      One of you will have the view of march of progress, the other conflict
      You will rally with each other, arguing whether, according to your view, childhood has improved or not!
      The person who can rally the most points back, supporting their view, wins!!