Essay on Socially Constructed Childhood

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Socially Constructed Childhood Sociologists believe that children are not natural in society, that they do not behave naturally but that society has made children act as they do, and that there parents teach them how to act and make their personality for them at an early age. However childhood 'differs enormously according to time and place' so Philippe Aries believes. Children are treated differently to each other in different parts of the world, for example in India when a girl is 16-17 years old she is forced into an arranged marriage by which her parents arrange. That type of responsibility on a girl of that age is a lot, and most Indian girls refuse and end up running away from home or worse…show more content…
Whereas on the other hand the poorer classes will not have a great deal of money and so therefore the child would have to make do with what it was aloud. This means that the child misses out on what the other children are having and so that may have an affect on the child because it might feel neglected and as if he is not worthy of what the other children have. In the old days and in some parts of the world it is still happening today, children are being exploited and forced to do child labour instead of getting an education and having fun like the other children are doing. Some parts of the world believed that children should work as soon as they are able. Some children are forced to work so hard that they get really ill and are unable to survive, that is in poorer parts of the world mainly, where parents have sold their children to labourers. This means that children didn't really get a childhood as such, and as Philippe Aries believes, 'From the 15th century onwards, however, it came to be recognised that the child was not ready for life' as mentioned in Item 2. Another form of social construction of children is the way children are being treated in Gwotomala City. In a video
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