Answer<br />Beanpole – in countries like Britain and the US, the number of children per generation has steadily gone down, while life span has increased. This has led to a shape of family tree that some researchers have likened to a beanpole — tall and thin, with few people in each generation. The term beanpole family has been around in the academic literature at least since 1987, but it rarely appears elsewhere.<br />
Question<br />What is meant by the term social construction of childhood?<br />
Answer<br />Childhood as an age status is not fixed or universal.<br />The experience and meaning of childhood differs across societies, time periods and between different groups.<br />Childhood is therefore socially constructed – it is shaped by society. <br />
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