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Bertha Mook

Although there is a realization in Western society today that childhood is changing, the topic remains clouded in confusion and contradictory viewpoints. The central question, if and how the nature of childhood itself has changed, has led the author to conduct a metabletic inquiry. Metabletics or the science of change is a human science research approach that incorporates phenomenological methods and seeks to understand a phenomenon by taking its historical development, its social cultural context and relevant synchronistic developments into account. In exploring the changing nature of childhood, historical, metabletic, and phenomenological studies were consulted as well as some selected sources from literature, art, and entertainment that portray the lives of children and, in particular, of boys in the past and in the present. First, a brief historical perspective on the changing nature of childhood from traditional to modern times is presented. This is followed by the concept of modern childhood and its transition to a postmodern childhood. The author aims to describe the essential characteristics of childhood with a focus on boyhood as lived in different historical time periods in order to contribute to a clearer understanding of its changing nature. The present study is exploratory and opens a vast domain that awaits further detailed investigations.

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Bonnie S. Kaufman

Review of Vicky Lebeau, CHILDHOOD AND CINEMA

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Gargi Gangopadhyay

sphere have attracted academic attention only recently; of these phenomena, the changes affecting children and the ways in which urban stimuli altered Bengali childhood have been among the least studied. Parallel to the significant transformations in the

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Leisuring Masculinities in British Indian Childhoods

Explorations at the Intersection of Gender Order and Generational Order

Utsa Mukherjee

, I show that forms of masculinities that are constructed and performed within children's everyday leisurescapes can help unravel the gendered as well as generational politics that inflect childhoods and parenthoods and mark the relations between the

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Julie Spray

scholars work within a constructivist framework which was concretised within childhood studies in the early 1990s ( James and Prout 1990 ). Emphasising the value of children’s own perspectives, this framework positions children as autonomous agents in their

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Susanne Baackmann

culpability and innocence. Even today Fliegeralarm remains provocative in its contestation of “childhood innocence.” It portrays life on the home front in Nuremberg, Elsner's hometown, from the perspective of a band of pre-school children who create their

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Erika Friedl

on. 5 The development of a community’s childhood concepts and child-rearing practices is an ongoing process that, for the necessity of brevity, I here will present as three historical stages from about 1870 to 2016. These periods have no firm

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The Representation of Childhood in Ethnographic Films of Siberian Indigenous Peoples

The Case of the Documentary Film Malen’kaia Katerina (Tiny Katerina)

Ivan Golovnev and Elena Golovneva

Translator : Jenanne Ferguson

Ignorant as a child is, he knows more than he can say and feels not only atmospheres but fine shades. —G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man (1986: 236) The theme of childhood continues to be studied in numerous ways in various fields within the

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Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Children in the Middle East

Erika Friedl and Abderrahmane Moussaoui

high birth rate fell and keeps falling dramatically, changing family size, family structure and adults’ attitudes toward children; where literacy is expanding and schools modify the very concept of childhood; where changing work patterns alter intra

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Writing Childhoods, Righting Memory

Intergenerational Remembrance in Post-communist Romania

Codruta Alina Pohrib

1970s, Romanian parents are part of “the last communist generation,” the last carriers of direct experiences of communism. Given that the memories of this “bridging” generation are liable to be imbricated with nostalgia for childhood and adolescence