The future of childhood

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The future of childhood
  1. The disappearance of childhood
    1. Postman: The rise, and fall, of childhood lies in the fall of print culture and its replacement by television culture
      1. Critcism
        1. Ignores other factors such as changes in law, rising living standards etc
        2. Claims that children's unsupervised games are dying out
        3. Less distinction between adults and children's clothes, crimes, entertainment and rights
          1. During the middle ages, people were illiterate and there was no division between the worlds of men and women
            1. Childhood emerged with mass literacy; the ability of reading for adults meant they had power over 'adult' knowledge (sex, money, violence, death)
              1. 'Information hierarchy'
                1. TV destroys information hierarchy and the boundary between adults and children, diminishing adult power. The tastes of adults and children become interweved
            2. A separate childhood culture
              1. Opie argues childhood is still present
                1. Strong evidence of childhood culture still exists - children still create games, songs etc
                  1. Contradicts Postman's claim that children's unsupervised games are dying out
                2. Globalisation of Western childhood
                  1. International humanitarian and welfare agencies impose western norms on rest of world
                    1. Campaigns against child labour about what 'childhood' ought to be, but isn't in other countries
                    2. The reconstruction of childhood
                      1. Palmer
                        1. 'Toxic childhood'
                          1. Junk food, computer games, educational stress
                          2. Technological and cultural changes have damaged physical and emotional development of children
                          3. Childhood as innocent and protected stage is under threat
                            1. Extension of compulsory education - children dependent for longer
                              1. Children have more rights but still not equal to adults
                                1. Disappearing childhood due to lower death rates - ageing population
                                  1. Social construct, so changes with cultural and geographical situation
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