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Conventional conceptions of childhood, often romantic, seem to contain little reference to struggle and resistance as central elements of people's experience at this early stage of life. Why is this? Are these elements, in fact, important in understanding children or childhood

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1. Conventional conceptions of childhood, often romantic, seem to contain little reference to struggle and resistance as central elements of people's experience at this early stage of life. Why is this? Are these elements, in fact, important in understanding children or childhood?

Recognizing the struggle and resistance is indeed important in understanding children and childhood. Romanticizing childhood might be from a lack of knowledge about human development or just plain wishful thinking. Television and movies are especially prone to having children act in a way that is NOT based in reality. This is perhaps more about profit as many people use the movies as a temporary escape from the day-today struggles, which include children.

However, child development theories include the struggles and crisis to expect in childhood development. For example, Erikson's theory of development is a ...

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