Using Material from Item a and Elsewhere, Assess Sociological Explanations of Changes in the Status of Childhood (24 Marks) Essay

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Using material from item a and elsewhere, assess sociological explanations of changes in the status of childhood (24 marks) There are different arguments towards the way childhood is socially constructed and how this has changed over time, in this question I will assess the different viewpoints and the pros and cons of them. Item A is very basic, it does not give much evidence or in depth explanation about the changes of childhood through the years. In the first paragraph, it mentions Aries point that children were considered as ‘miniature adults’ in the medieval ages, he described that there was minimal distinction in the behaviour of children and adults. During this period of time children were considered and treated as adults in many ways, children were mixed at work and leisure. Some people would have argued that this was fair and equal and that today’s ‘child-centred’ society has taken away the freedom of children over the years. Item A also mentions that after the industrialisation in the west today has changed the position of children being ‘miniature adults’ into a childhood where their time, space and bodies are controlled by adults. Child liberationists’ would argue that this isn’t for the ‘protection’ or the ‘care’ of children, it’s just a way for adults to control the lives of their children. Parents try to control when their kids go to bed, when they wake up, when they go out and where they go, child liberationists would say that this is a way to put children in oppression to. The last part of item A is talking about the distinction between adults and children is becoming blurred again. There are certain factors in today’s western society that are contributing to this fact, fashion is a big part of this. Children are starting to dress similarly to adults, there are less brightly coloured and picture printed clothing for children and some adults
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