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The Disappearance of Childhood (1982)

by Neil Postman

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The first half of this book is a terrific rundown of the history of the development of the concept of childhood, and, as Postman's argument goes, the decline of that concept in the last century. The second half is Postman continuing his argument and coming off as a huge curmudgeon. I mean, he says that the character of Felix Unger is the best example of an adult on television at the time of writing. 'Nuff said. ( )
  waitingtoderail | May 9, 2012 |
Though this book was written about twenty years ago – and therefore riddled with outdated media references – its ideas are thought-provoking and as relevant today as they were on their original publication, if not more so. Though Postman offers no solutions to the problem, his neat history of childhood – how it has been experienced, and how it has developed, changed and declined over the centuries – is interesting and illuminating. He offers little hope, but hails the family and educational institutions as possible saviours of childhood through tradition and morality. Really quite inspiring. ( )
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"From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today--and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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