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SCLY1 - Childhood2
Transcript of SCLY1 - Childhood2
They say that the inequality between children and adults is BIGGER than ever. Conflict View (all against all) These sociologists are against the theory that the position of children has improved. They think that all social groups are in conflict with one another.
They say that adults are still dominant and children are subordinate Conflict View They also say that other things have improved for children.
There are better healthcare systems and the NHS is free, unlike historical medical treatment.
Infant Mortality rate is also going down
They say that families have become child centred unlike Victorian “seen and not heard” children. March of Progress View This view argues that over the past few centuries the position of children has been improving in Western Society.
They say that today’s children are better cared for and safer in general
For example there are laws shielding children from paid work and child abuse.
The Government also spend lots of money on education. They spent £64billion in 2007-2008. March of Progress View Topic 2 – AS Sociology Has the Position of Children Improved? Sociologists think that children don’t like this control and are trying to resist it.
This can be through general disobedience, Acting Up (acting like adults) and Acting down (Acting like dependent infants)
This shows that even children are trying to resist control Resisting Control Parents get to decide what their children wear and look like because they have all the money and can limit children’s spending.
They can clean the children when they want to. They also control what they are fed because they have all the money. Control over bodies Sociologists agree that childhood is socially constructed by different cultures.
There are many differences in childhood based on financial status and geographical location. Recap Parents are also controlling their child’s time including bedtime and get up time more than ever.
Parents also get to decide how fast their children get to ‘grow up’ by setting when they are too old or too young for something. Control over time Could this become a child’s only play space Also ‘home habitat’ (place where children can play) has decreased dramatically. Play space VS March of Progress vs Victorian Children do not earn money apart from any money that they get from their parents.
This means that parents control resources and can decide what the child gets to spend their money on. Control to resources Protection … or control? Children’s movements in industrial areas has become severely limited.
Children are also banned from some stores.
80% of 7-8 year olds get driven to school because parents fear ‘stranger danger’ and ‘road safety’ Control over space But children do get pocket money There is major inequality of power between children and adults.
People say that we are protecting children from paid work, but could it also be that we are making them dependent on adults Inequality between children and adults