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New Approaches to Early Child Development: Rules, Rituals, and Realities by Hillel Goelman, Jayne Pivik, and Martin Guhn is a welcome addition to the book series on Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood for Palgrave Press. In the series, we emphasize interdisciplinary and multitheoretical ways of examining childhood, and this book describing the dilemmas of research and results of research in a large interdisciplinary, multimethod/theory project, directed by and conducted by the authors, and many others, is an excellent example of types of work we wanted to publish in the series. Goelman, Pivik, and Guhn embrace the critical cultural studies of childhood orientation of our series in multiple ways by drawing in new critical theories into their research framework; they also highlight the ways in which alternative frameworks for theory and research help us to interrogate as well as understand childhood differently.

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New approaches to early child development: rules, rituals, and realities, p. xiii-xv