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posted on 01 Oct 2023

The social construction of childhood: explored with reference to The Illustrated Mum by Jamie Lilly

The Letterpress Project is always delighted to publish the work of students who have written about or used books as a key part of their assignments. Here we showcase an essay from Newman University student, Jamie Lilly.  

Jamie told us:

This essay was written as part of my BA Early Childhood Education and Care degree, specifically for the module ‘Constructs of Childhood’. It demonstrates how the characters in Jaqueline Wilson’s story ‘The Illustrated Mum’ reflect on the socially constructed idea of childhood, and how these constructs have been revised and amended over time. Each of the characters in this story can be seen to represent a different perspective and outlook of how childhood is perceived.

You can read the full essay by clicking on the link below: