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Volume 4, Number 3 - April 2016

The autonomous child by Ivar Frønes

In the book The Autonomous Child, Ivar Frønes undertakes the ambitious task of exploring the process of child development and socialisation, reviewing how these are understood in various disciplines, and brings these together to create a holistic picture of socialisation, especially in relation to the changed reality and demands placed upon children by today’s knowledge society and economy. The book is structured in two parts and ten chapters. In Part I, which comprises the main body of this work, Frønes provides an overview of how ‘socialisation’ is conceptualised and understood in social sciences, such as sociology, anthropology, psychology, life course studies, and perspectives of biological-social interactions. The second Part of this book then links the created holistic understanding of socialisation with current demands of post-industrial knowledge societies and economies.


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