Answer 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.
Question What is meant by the term social construction of childhood?
Answer Childhood as an age status is not fixed or universal. The experience and meaning of childhood differs across societies, time periods and between different groups. Childhood is therefore socially constructed – it is shaped by society.
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