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A Window on the ‘New’ Sociology of Childhood



This article is intended as a window on the body of research that has come to be known as the ‘new sociology of childhood’. To elucidate its underlying tenets I identify three major weaknesses that scholars in the ‘new’ sociology find in the ‘old’ conceptualization – socialization – and discuss implications for doing research on children and childhood. I suggest that scholars in the United States are on a somewhat different path than their colleagues in other Western countries. Finally, I argue that the view that children are not yet members of their societies is one that is difficult to undermine.