Our own experiences as children and our current relationships with children may appear to render theorizing about the child unnecessary. Childhood appears a natural and normal period through which we all pass in preparation for adulthood. In common sense understandings what identifies the child is physical and mental immaturity which gradually develops with the transition from newborn, to infant, toddler, child and adolescent. At any and all stages, the child is understood in relation to and in contrast with the adult: the child stands as ‘other’ to the adult norm. The adult is mature, rational and competent; the child immature, irrational and incompetent.
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