This exciting new book illustrates and analyses the complexities of children and young people’s everyday lived experiences throughout childhood. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it provides theoretical frameworks and case studies to critically examine assumptions in the field and explore emerging perspectives. Considering different stages throughout childhood and youth, chapters cover key topics such as eating practices, gender, play, digital media and the environment.
Drawing on insights from cultural studies, sociology, social anthropology, psychology, health and education, this book focuses on four key areas:
- Bodies and minds
- Space, place and belonging
- Inequalities and inclusion
- Childhood in the past, present and future
Essential reading for students on Childhood and Youth and Education studies courses, Exploring Childhood and Youth is an important resource for practitioners working with children and young people, and for parents, communities and legislators who have influence over children’s and young people’s lives.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Childhood and youth in the 21st century Victoria Cooper and Naomi Holford 1. Fluid identities Victoria Cooper 2. Understanding the Unborn (or Becoming a Child) Heather Montgomery 3. Critical mental health 4 Everyday experiences of food Mimi Tatlow-Golden Chapter 5: Everyday violence Jiniya Afroze Chapter 6: Spaces for learning Cindy Kerawalla Chapter 7: Play Karen Douthwaite Chapter 8: Young people, children and voluntourism Heather Montgomery Chapter 9: Experiences of poverty Gavin Williams Chapter 10: How gender hurts, how gender matters Naomi Holford Chapter 11: Disability Jonty Rix Chapter 12: Inequalities in further and higher education Fiona Reeve Chapter 13: The history of disabilities Kieron Sheehy Chapter 14: Changing environments: plastic childhoods Peter Kraftl
Victoria Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at The Open University, UK and is former Co-Director of the Children’s Research Centre. She is particularly interested in issues of identity, research methods, and children and young peoples’ experiences living with a family health crisis.
Naomi Holford is a Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at The Open University, UK, and specialises in the area of gender, sexuality and class in childhood and youth.