Children at the Millennium

Where Have We Come From? Where Are We Going?

Edited by

  • Timothy J Owens, Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, U.S.A.
  • Sandra L. Hofferth, University of Maryland

Produced under the auspices of the Section on the Sociology of Children and Youth of the American Sociological Association, this volume provides a cohesive, wide-ranging source of information on the life courses of children and youths. Contributions reflect: demographic analyses and projections; dualitative aspects of children's lives; children and youth in historical and cross-cultural perspective; issues of development in social context; children and public policy; and social and psychological dynamics of childhood and adolescence.
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Book information

  • Published: August 2001
  • Imprint: JAI Press (Elsevier)
  • ISBN: 978-0-7623-0776-0


Table of Contents

List of contributors. Preface. Acknowledgments. Children at the Millennium: a report from the Social Sciences (T.J. Owens, S.L. Hofferth). Historical and Comparative Perspectives on Children and Childhood. Children in young and aging societies: the order of generations and models of childhood in comparative perspective (J. Zinnecker). From the Chicago school to the new sociology of children: the sociology of children and childhood in the United States, 1900-1999 (H.B. Johnson). From Values and Beliefs to Positive Behavior. Parental values, beliefs, and behavior: a review and promulga for research into the new century (D. Alwin). Preventing problems vs. promoting the positive: what do we want for our children? (K.A. Moore, T. Halle). Children's Changing Experiences. Men's flight from children in the US? A historical perspective (D. Hogan, F. Goldscheir). Changes in American children's time, 1981-1997 (S.L. Hofferth, J.F. Sandberg). The Contexts of Children's Lives. Adolescents' anticipations of work-family conflict in a changing societal context (M. Kirkpatrick et al.). Changing neighborhoods and child well-being: understanding how children may be affected in the coming century (T. Leventhal, J. Brooks-Gunn). Confronting the dilemmas of child welfare: past, present and future (P.L. Maza).