The Documentaries ' Seven Up ' And ' 7 Plus Seven Essay

1534 Words Nov 8th, 2015 7 Pages
The documentaries “Seven Up” and “7 plus Seven”, follow a group of children representing different social classes in Britain in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The themes compared and contrasted in the documentaries, are the influences of class, age, gender, religion, race, and happiness, on a child’s perception of the world around them. How do these themes influence the development of a child? How do internal and external stimuluses impact a child’s view of the world, and the view of themselves? How much does socio-economic conditions and class predict the possibilities of the future? The children of the 1960’s and 1970’s, show a segment of the population representative of today’s child. What is evident from the "Seven Up" and "7 plus Seven" documentaries, is the history of the nature of childhood has not evolved tremendously in fifty years. Suzie, Nicholas, Andrew, Neil, and all of the other children could very well be children in today 's society. Children inherently behave and engage in certain activities separate from class and upbringing. The children all display “normal” age appropriate types of play. Friendship and sense of belonging is, and continues to be, essential to a child’s development. Boys and girls chase each other, have cooties, and engage in play that is still happening on the school playground today. In this regard, the nature of childhood is "classless", and not influenced by type of school, money, and parental motivations.
The quote “show me a child at the…

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