6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2009
I use many chapters from the book in two of my graduate classes, "Theories of Childhood" and "Media, Production, and Child/Youth Pop Culture". The history chapters establish childhood as a cultural production particular to specific times and places while the chapters on contemporary childhood culture (with a few stinker exceptions) are smart and engaging. The book features some of the best known scholars in childhood studies. Even with its age, many of the chapters are essential readings in the field. Still, I hope Jenkins will consider doing an updated version of this classic.
11 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2000
This is an interesting book, but in some chapters it tends to focus more on the historical role of the child than it addresses current social issues that are of concern in our society. Some of the contributing authors also offer highly subjective perspectives on their topics. Some chapters are very relevant and informative. All in all, a mixed experience.