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Taming Childhood?

A Critical Perspective on Policy, Practice and Parenting


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Rob Creasy, Fiona Corby
    Pages 1-11
  3. Rob Creasy, Fiona Corby
    Pages 13-34
  4. Rob Creasy, Fiona Corby
    Pages 35-55
  5. Rob Creasy, Fiona Corby
    Pages 57-81
  6. Rob Creasy, Fiona Corby
    Pages 83-102
  7. Rob Creasy, Fiona Corby
    Pages 103-124
  8. Rob Creasy, Fiona Corby
    Pages 125-136
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 137-159

About this book


This book explores the links between recent reports of increasing levels of unhappiness and mental health problems amongst children and young people, and changes within childhood which restrict and reduce opportunities for children to develop and maintain resilience. Although in academic terms children may be viewed as beings, Creasy and Corby posit that there is much to suggest that for parents, practitioners and policy-makers, children are primarily seen as becomings. The book argues that viewing children as becomings, together with the idea that childhood is fraught with danger, contributes to practices and policies which can be seen as making childhood tame. This taming of childhood leads to an impoverished childhood that does not provide the space that children need to grow and develop. Furthermore, Taming Childhood? challenges the idea that young adults are 'snowflakes', unable to cope with everyday pressures.

Students and scholars across a range of social science disciplines will find this book of interest. 


school policy education sociology parenting morality technology youth generations family teaching social policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychological and Social SciencesYork St John UniversityYorkUK
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences, Humanities and LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

About the authors

Rob Creasy is Subject Director, Social Science at York St John University, UK.

Fiona Corby is Senior Lecturer in Education at Teeside University, UK.

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