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Palgrave Macmillan

Thatcher's Grandchildren?

Politics and Childhood in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN 9781137281548
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood

Thatcher's Grandchildren explores sociological and political issues about childhood that have that have become increasingly significant in the twenty first century within a political landscape framed by neo-liberalism. In this edited collection, leading writers explore constructions of childhood and address social and political issues involving children in a number of key areas, both nationally and internationally. Issues addressed include child protection and abuse, the media, education and schooling, and poverty.

Stephen Wagg is a Professor in the Carnegie Faculty of Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. He has written widely on the politics of sport, childhood, comedy and leisure. His latest books are The New Politics of Leisure and Pleasure (edited with Peter Bramham, Palgrave, 2011), and The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies (edited with Helen Lenskyj, Palgrave, 2012).
Jane Pilcher is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester, UK. She has published widely on gender, generations and childhood. Her books include Age and Generation in Modern Britain (1995) and, with Imelda Whelehan, 50 Key Concepts in Gender Studies (2004).

Introduction: Sociology, Politics and Childhood: Contemporary Landscapes
Jane Pilcher and Stephen Wagg
1. ''Kill a Kid and get a House': Rationality versus Retribution in the Case of Robert Thompson and John Venables 1993-2001; Julian Petley
2. Citizen Journalists or Cyber Bigots? Child Abuse, the Media and the Possibilities for Public Conversation: The Case of Baby P; Bob Franklin
3. The Changing Politics and Practice of Child Protection and Safeguarding in England; Nigel Parton
4. Child Trafficking: Known Unknowns and Unknown Knowns ; Julia O'Connell Davidson
5. 'What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?' Child Poverty and the Legacy of 'New' Labour; Danny Dorling
6. 'When I Give Food to the Poor...' Some Thoughts on Charity, Childhood and the Media; Stephen Wagg
7. A Coming or Going of Age? Children's Literature at the Turn of the Twenty First Century; David Rudd
8. Punishment, Populism and Performance Management: 'New' Labour, Youth, Crime and Justice; Tim Newburn
9. Children's Rights Since Margaret Thatcher; Marc Cornock and Heather Montgomery
10. Whiteboard Jungle: Schooling, Culture War and the Market for Children's Minds at the Turn of the Twenty First Century; Stephen Wagg
11. Troubling Families: Parenting and the Politics of Early Intervention; Val Gillies
12. Re-colonising the Digital Natives: The Politics of Childhood and Technology from Blair to Gove; Keri Facer
13. Kids For Sale? Childhood and Consumer Culture; David Buckingham
14. The Politics of Children's Clothing; Jane Pilcher
15. Children's Rights or Employers' Rights? The 'Destigmatisation' of Child Labour; Steve Cunningham and Michael Lavalette
16. Saving the Children? Pornography, Childhood and the Internet; David Buckingham and Despina Chronaki

Julian Petley, Brunel University, UK
Bob Franklin, Cardiff School of Journalism, UK
Nigel Parton, University of Huddersfield, UK
Julia O'Connell Davidson, University of Nottingham, UK
Danny Dorling, University of Oxford, UK
David Rudd, University of Bolton, UK
Marc Cornock, Open University, UK
Heather Montgomery, Open University, UK
Val Gillies, London South Bank University, UK
Keri Facer, University of Bristol, UK
David Buckingham, Loughborough University, UK
Steve Cunningham, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Michael Lavalette, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Despina Chronaki, independent scholar, UK


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