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Sociology of Childhood

In Uncovering Childhood, Peter Fuller (1979) traces the way that children's imagery, in fact their being, has been co-modified by adults and capitalistic socioeconomic systems. Primarily viewing children as "young adults," Fuller (1979, p. 234) argues that childhood is removed from children in ways that undermine a potential for socialism and more, "There are good grounds for concluding that even if it were possible to eradicate childhood altogether¨for example a sustained assault upon the biological level itself¨the attempt might also eradicate the potentiality for socialism, and much else besides."

In the Victorian era, the child was often viewed as a "miniature adult," and when children from rural and poor classes were depicted it was often from the perspective of the upper-classes. Such images of children are often exploitative, an exploitation that Fuller (1979, p. 232) argues still occurs in contemporary images of children, "The child is depicted as a miniature consumer, or the child's image is used with no thought of the child's own experience, as a narcissistic enticement of adults." Such images portend a connection between the child and socioeconomics, one that Fuller (1979) argues is pure fabrication since children are as close to nature and the biological and as far removed from the socioeconomic as it gets during childhood. Because of this Fuller (1979, p. 233) argues children "Ócannot be equalized by social exchange." In other words, one of Fuller's (1979, p. 90) main arguments is that children are distanced from culture in childhood, because while they are not "culture-free" the aspects of culture they do relate to are those "Ówhich differ most radically from adult experience and representation of the world."

In Karin Calvert's (1998) Children in the House, the author discusses the various ways in which childrearing and parenting have changed over time. From the Victorian era when children were kept isolat...

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