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Not so ‘new’? Looking critically at childhood studies

Not so ‘new’? Looking critically at childhood studies The ‘new’ sociology of childhood emerged over 20 years ago, arguing for the social construction of childhood to be acknowledged and for the recognition of children and young people's agency and rights. Other disciplines joined this growing academic area, from children's geographies to law, so that the phrase ‘childhood studies’ has become a popular label. Policy and practice both influenced, and were influenced by, childhood studies, particularly in relation to promoting children's rights. This paper provides an insider's critique of the current state of childhood studies, with attention to theoretical challenges and its applicability across Majority and Minority Worlds. From a childhood studies’ perspective, the paper suggests the potential of notions of relations, relationships and reciprocity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Children's Geographies Taylor & Francis

Not so ‘new’? Looking critically at childhood studies

Children's Geographies , Volume 10 (3): 16 – Aug 1, 2012
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1473-3277
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1473-3285
DOI
10.1080/14733285.2012.693376
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Abstract

The ‘new’ sociology of childhood emerged over 20 years ago, arguing for the social construction of childhood to be acknowledged and for the recognition of children and young people's agency and rights. Other disciplines joined this growing academic area, from children's geographies to law, so that the phrase ‘childhood studies’ has become a popular label. Policy and practice both influenced, and were influenced by, childhood studies, particularly in relation to promoting children's rights. This paper provides an insider's critique of the current state of childhood studies, with attention to theoretical challenges and its applicability across Majority and Minority Worlds. From a childhood studies’ perspective, the paper suggests the potential of notions of relations, relationships and reciprocity.

Journal

Children's GeographiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Aug 1, 2012

Keywords: children; childhood; children's rights; childhood studies; Majority World; Minority World

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