Changing attitudes to childhood

What does childhood look like in literature, psychiatry, education and religion? Have our attitudes towards children changed?

Despite widespread assumptions about dramatically changing attitudes to childhood, based on stereotypes about child labour, little adult syndrome and high infant mortality, our consideration of childhood and children over the centuries has probably been as much about continuity as change. In this episode, we explore the concept of childhood and how we view children and childhood throughout the centuries. From literature to psychology, from education to religion, Ed Kessler asks Simon Baron-Cohen, Lindsay Burton and Julian Stanley what childhood really looks like, and what challenges exist in understanding it.

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