• Rob CreasyEmail author
  • Fiona Corby


This chapter revisits the basic argument of the book that childhood is being subject to socio-political forces which are shaping it in ways which restrict and impoverish children’s lived experiences. This contributes to a childhood that does not prepare children for their future, nor provide scope for their development. A tame childhood contributes to the mental and emotional problems which children increasingly report. In concluding, we point to the fallacy that things are done in the best interests of children and provide pointers to the manner in which a tame childhood can be resisted in ways which give scope to children to try and, sometimes, fail. Children need some freedom, but that does not mean that they have no boundaries.


Childhood Development Emotional problems Best interests Freedom Boundaries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychological and Social SciencesYork St John UniversityYorkUK
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences, Humanities and LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

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