Volumrabat Childhoods: A Handbook (Rethinking Childhood) (Paperback) by Cannella Gaile S. Soto Lourdes Diaz 9MOnpBuP

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For the past 20 years a range of scholars educators and cultural workers have examined dominant discourses of childhood using critical feminist and other postmodern perspectives. Located in a variety of disciplines these poststructural deconstructive and even postcolonial critiques have challenged everything from notions of the universal child to adult/child dualisms to deterministic developmental theory. The purpose of this volume is to acknowledge the profound contributions of that large body of literature while demonstrating the ways that critical analyses can be used to generate avenues/actions that increase possibilities for social justice for those who are younger while at the same time avoiding determinism. In this time of globalization hyper-capitalism and discourses that would control and disqualify through constructions like accountability we believe that projects such as this are of utmost importance. The volume is divided into four major sections to reflect the multiplicity of human voices and perspectives (section I) contemporary circumstances and dominant discourses within which we all attempt to function (sections II and III) and the generation of new possibilities for constructing relationships together (section IV). Finally a voice from the heart within a reconceptualist social science agenda for early childhood studies is presented.