This exciting new book illustrates and analyses the complexities of children's 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 upon 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 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
Chapter 1 Childhood identities and materiality
Chapter 2 Becoming a child
Chapter 3 Children and young people negotiating gender in context
Chapter 4 Food, eating and identities
Chapter 5 Everyday violence and everyday places
Chapter 6 Getting ready for school: who’s playing?
Chapter 7 Children and young people’s experiences of school: do we listen hard enough?
Chapter 8 Poverty, place and learning
Chapter 9 Inequalities in access to further and higher education
Chapter 10 Normal was for normal days: building our practice upon the exploration of people’s preferences
Chapter 11 Children, young people and voluntourism
Chapter 12 Eugenics and the lives of disabled children
Chapter 13 Psychiatrising children
Chapter 14 Children in the digital world: privacy and autonomy in surveilled digital lives
Chapter 15 Changing environments
Victoria Cooper is 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 people's experiences living with a family health crisis.
Naomi Holford is 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.