Childhood in crisis?
Childhood in crisis?

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Conclusion

In responding to the question posed at the start of this free course we anticipated many of the themes significant to understanding modern childhoods. Recognising the distinctiveness of children’s cultural worlds points to the importance of exploring the everyday activities of young children and teenagers. How children and young people in the twenty-first century encounter and creatively adapt to a range of cultural phenomena in an increasingly mediated, commercialised and globalised world helps to build a framework for investigating wider questions about childhood, including the power relationships between adults and children, and the influence of gender and inequality. Understanding childhood involves looking at the agency of children, as well as the obstacles that many children face which make childhood both a local experience and a global concern.

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