: Thee interpretations of childhood: the developmental paradigm and the new sociology of childhood

This study aims to reveal the theoretical interpretations of childhood by focusing on the two thematic aspects
– rooted in sociology – of childhood studies. Those theories that focus on the developmental stages of children, and aim at identifying and describing these phases are called the developmental models of childhood. In the second half of the 20th century, there was a paradigm shift, and the new Emergent Paradigm revealed the importance of social, cultural and historical context in childhood interpretations. The aim of this study is to present that the two paradigms of childhood studies basically frame the social constructions of childhood in the 21st century.

Keywords: childhood studies, dominant paradigm, new sociology of childhood

Year: 2018
Issue: 3
Page: 19-33
Oct 2018
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