The Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies by J. QvortrupThe Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies by J. Qvortrup

The Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies

EditorJ. Qvortrup, W. Corsaro, M. Honig

Paperback | April 17, 2009

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This landmark publication in the study of children and childhood signals the recognition of a significant area of study. Childhood studies has both matured and experienced remarkable diversification over the past twenty-five years and this Handbook, an essential guide to the subject, is an indication that childhood has become a legitimate field of study in its own right.  With contributions from an international line-up of leading scholars, from across a range of disciplines including sociology, social policy, social work, education, cultural studies, history, geography and law, this collection of specially-commissioned essays maps the field whilst setting a research agenda for future study. 
Divided into six parts - concepts; historical and socio-economic contexts; generational relations; everyday lives; practice and participation; children's rights and place in the world - this substantive reference work charts how childhood studies has moved beyond developmental issues to focus on broader issues of children in society, as actors and agents, and as subjects of policy intervention.  Providing a comprehensive overview of key theoretical and empirical work in the field, this Handbook will be an indispensable reference resource for all those concerned with the study of children and childhood.  
JENS QVORTRUP is Professor of Sociology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and former Director of the Norwegian Centre for Child Research, Trondheim, Norway.  A founding father of childhood studies, he was the Founding President of the International Sociological Association's section on sociology of childhood (1988...
Title:The Palgrave Handbook of Childhood StudiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:500 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:April 17, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Editors * PART 1: CONCEPTS OF CHILDHOOD STUDIES * Structure (Age, Transition, Generation)--J.Qvortrup * Agency--A.James * Childhood as a Symbolic Form--C.Jenks * Child, Children, Childhood--M-S.Honig * Child Development and Development of Childhood--M.Woodhead * PART 2: HISTORICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONTEXTS OF CHILDHOOD  * Origin and Evolution of Childhood--H.Hendrick * Transitions to Modernity--J.Gillis * Towards a Severance of Reproduction and Production--D.Hernandez * Pluralisation of Family Forms--A-M.Jensen * Institutionalisation as a Secular Trend--H.Zeiher * PART 3: GENERATIONAL RELATIONS * Societal Level (Children/Adults)--T.Olk * Family Level (Children/Parents/Grandparents/Siblings)--B.Mayall * Generational Ordering and Interconnections--L.Alanen * Collective Identities--H.Hengst * Interests in and Responsibility for Children and Their Life Worlds--D.Bühler-Niederberger&H.Sünker * PART 4: CHILDREN'S EVERYDAY LIVES/THE LOCAL FRAMEWORK * Children's Bodies--L.Fingerson  * Family Life--E.Näsman * Day Care and Preschool as Settings for Children's Interactions--G.Dahlberg * Constraints and Opportunities in Localities--J.McKendrick * Children's Environments (Spaces, Places)--G.Valentine * Children's Time--J.Ennew * Children as Problems, Problems of Children--K.Rosier * PART 5: CHILDREN'S PRACTICE - CHILDREN AS PARTICIPANTS * Child Labour, Child Work, School Work--O.Nieuwenhuys * Peer Cultures--W.A.Corsaro * Play and Games--A-C.Ewaldsson * Leisure Time and Cultural Activities--I.Frønes  * Children as Consumers--D.Cook * Children and the Media (TV, Film, Video)--D.Buckingham * Use of Electronic Media--K.Drotner * PART 6: CHILDREN'S RIGHTS AND PLACE IN THE WORLD * UNCRC: Relevance and Application--M.Freeman * Globalisation and Childhood--C.Katz * Migration and Care Chains--A.Bailey * International Responsibility for Children's Rights and Welfare--N.H.Kaufman&I.Rizzini * Index

Editorial Reviews

“In an effort to highlight childhood as a social phenomenon, the editors pull together a compelling array of articles that make clear the social and political contexts of childhood and their impact on how scholars and policy makers approach this population.  This compendium of theory and research should be a useful resource for researchers, educators, and policy makers interested in understanding the substantive developments of childhood studies, the current state of children, and their prospects in the 21st century. . . Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers.” -- CHOICE"[A] rich compendium of current research (in the Western world), a journey through the highways and alleyways of a burgeoning area. Qvortrup, Corsaro, and Honig have smartly structured their volume of works by thirty-one authors into six sections that move from the 'bigger' questions of theory, method, and historical context, to research on the everyday lives and practices of children, and to considerations of children's rights. It is the kind of book I want handy as a reference for both teaching and research. An attractive anthology for use in a course on childhood at the advanced undergraduate or graduate levels, it provides multiple tools for navigating theoretical, methodological, and epistemological terrains of research in 'new' childhood studies." --Sara Dorow, University of Alberta