Are There Many Childhoods? The collective imagination of the nature of childhood has changed significantly over time. Adults have conceptualized what it means to be a child both as being something separate from and alike to their own experiences of the world. Whether or not children are seen as social actors capable of developing their own point of view, it is clear that adult interaction with children helps shape their lives and identities. When adult conceptions of childhood change, so do children. This essay serves to examine whether there are many childhoods, and how the experience of childhood differs based on the social construction of what it means to be a child in today’s society. A conception of reality, such as how an adult views...The end:
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