Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood: Contemporary issues in the sociological study of childhood, 3rd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood

Contemporary issues in the sociological study of childhood, 3rd Edition

Edited by Allison James, Alan Prout


228 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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When the first edition of this seminal work appeared in 1990, the sociology of childhood was only just beginning to emerge as a distinct sub-discipline. Drawing together strands of existing sociological writing about childhood and shaping them into a new paradigm, the original edition of this Routledge Classic offered a potent blend of ideas that informed, even inspired, many empirical studies of children’s lives because it provided a unique lens through which to think about childhood. Featuring a collection of articles which summarised the developments in the study of  childhood across the social sciences, including history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, feminist and developmental studies, scholars and professionals from developed and developing countries world-wide shared their knowledge of having worked and of working with children.

Now with a new introduction from the editors to contextualise it into the 21st century, this truly ground-breaking text which helped establish childhood studies as a distinctive field of enquiry is being republished.


Table of Contents

1. A new paradigm for the sociology of childhood? Provenance, promise and problems, Alan Prout and Allison James 2. Constructions and reconstructions of British childhood - an interpretive survey, 1800 to the present, Harry Hendrick 3. Psychology and the cultural construction of children's needs, Martin Woodhead 4. A voice for children in statistical and social accounting - a plea for children's right to be heard, Jens Qvortrup 5.It's a small world - Disneyland, the family and the multiple representations of American childhood, Pauline Hunt and Ronald Frankenberg 6. negotiating childhood - changing constructions of age for Norwegian children, Anne Solberg 7. Street children - deconstructing a construct, Benno Glauser 8. Who are you kidding? Children, power and the struggle against sexual abuse, Jenny Kitzinger 9. Childhood and the policy makers - a comparative perspective on the globalization of childhood, Jo Boyden 10. Re-presenting childhood - time and transition in the study of childhood, Allison James and Alan Prout.

About the Editors

Allison James is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Alan Prout is Professor of Sociology and Childhood Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Education Classic Edition

The Routledge Education Classic Editions Series celebrates Routledge's commitment to excellence in scholarship, teaching and learning within the field of education. Written by experts, these books are recognized as timeless classics covering a range of important issues, and continue to be recommended as key reading for education students and professionals in the area. With a new introduction that explores what has changed since the books were first published, where the field might go from here and why these books are as relevant now as ever, the series presents key ideas to a new generation.

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