Explain the social identities associated with childhood which vary historically  and are influenced by factors such as social class and culture.i know what i should include in this essay.it is...

Explain the social identities associated with childhood which vary historically  and are influenced by factors such as social class and culture.

i know what i should include in this essay.it is just that i cant seem to put them together.i know i should mentioned about the industrial and pre-industrial n the cross-culture thingy..but..please help

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This statement is true.  Various societies have treated children differently at different times.  Different social classes treat children differently as well.  You can argue that this is based largely on the degree of economic value that children have.

For example, in a society that is fairly poor and in which the typical family does work that a child can help with, children are seen as potential workers.  Childhood, then, is not a time for play but a time to be a contributing worker, helping out on the farm, perhaps.  By contrast, as a society comes to be more affluent and people work in ways that a child can't help with, childhood becomes a time of leisure.  Children come to be identified not as workers but as people who should be cherished and who should be basically having fun.

So I would argue that the variation in children's social identities is connected mainly to the economic demands of the society in which they grow up.

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zainab1995 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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You should also talk about Philippe Aries (1962) perspective on childhood with elaborating it. and try dividing the question in parts and explain each on IN DETAIL eg. Social identities. how the vary Historically. Then how the construction of their social identities is affected accoriding to their social class or culture they are brought up in. 
Good Luck :D

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zainab1995 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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You should also talk about Philippe Aries (1962) perspective on childhood with elaborating it. and try dividing the question in parts and explain each on IN DETAIL eg. Social identities. how the vary Historically. Then how the construction of their social identities is affected accoriding to their social class or culture they are brought up in. 
Good Luck :D

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