How does developmental psychology connect with the developing world?
What do cultural representations tell us about the contemporary
politics of childhood? What is the political economy of childhood?
This companion volume to Burman's Deconstructing Developmental Psychology
helps us to explain why questions around children and childhood - their
safety, their sexuality, their interests and abilities, their violence
- have so preoccupied the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In
this increasingly post-industrial, post-colonial and multicultural
world, this book identifies analytical and practical strategies for
improving how we think about and work with children. Drawing in
particular on feminist and postdevelopment literatures, the book
illustrates how and why reconceptualising our notions of individual and
human development, including those informing models of children's
rights and interests, will foster more just and equitable forms of
professional practice with children and their families.