Re-Thinking Children's Care by Julia BrannenRe-Thinking Children's Care by Julia Brannen

Re-Thinking Children's Care

byJulia Brannen, Peter Moss

Paperback | November 1, 2002

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“… the book successfully presents clear and convincing arguments about the need to re-direct childhood studies and children’s care towards an appreciation of children and care, by providing a careful and very thorough examination of care theory, policy, practice and research.” Network

Children's care in the 21st century is increasingly a public issue as well as parents' private concern. A limited vision of children as the responsibility of mothers held sway in Britain long after mothers joined the workforce. Formal childcare is now growing but in the context of care work continuing to be low qualified and low status. A dearth of care looms large as Britain rapidly turns into an overworked society.

This critically orientated book draws on a range of key empirical studies carried out in a variety of care contexts. It examines care from the perspectives of children, parents and care workers. It also takes an historical perspective. The discussion is situated in an analysis of economic, social and political change, from modernity to late modernity. It focuses on four key issues: the conceptualisation of care; how care translates its public policy; the nature of the care relationship; how care might be transformed in the future.

Rethinking Children's Care will be of interest to students of childhood studies, the sociology of childhood and child welfare. It is also directly relevant to policy makers, trainers and researchers as well as practitioners involved in children's care.

Julia Brannen is Professor in the Sociology of the Family and Postgraduate Research Tutor at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Insitute of Education, University of London.Peter Moss is Professor in Early Childhood Provision at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Insitute of Education, University of London.
Title:Re-Thinking Children's CareFormat:PaperbackDimensions:3.58 × 2.4 × 0.22 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0335209874

ISBN - 13:9780335209873

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Concepts, relationships and policies

Part one: Care and the development of social policy

Getting beyond childcare
reflections on recent policy and future possibilities
The care of the illegitimate child
the Coram experience 1900-50
Social pedagogy
an historical account of care and education as social control
An historical perspective on changing childcare policy

Part two: Explorations in formal care

Men in the nursery
Caring for children in need
the case of sponsored day care
Mother, teacher, nurse?
how childminders define their role
Promoting children's health through nursing care

Part three: Care and family life

Care-giving and independence in four generation families
Concepts of care and children's contribution to family life

Conclusion: Some thoughts on re-thinking children's care