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Studies in Modern Childhood
Society, Agency, Culture
Edited by Jens Qvortrup
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
05 Aug 2005
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Sixteen leading researchers in the burgeoning field of childhood studies contribute to this wide ranging volume covering urgent and important issues in the field. Demonstrating significant advances in social studies of childhood, the authors present new theoretical and/or empirical work, bringing original nuances and perspectives to bear on existing questions and introducing new topics. The contributions range from seeing children as provokers of the social system to highlighting hypermodern societies' trend towards intruding into children's lives with technical devices. In this sense the tension between agency and structure is not discarded, but reappears in new forms and contexts such as media, child work, and distribution of welfare. Children are seen as collectively creating their own worlds but at the other extreme, in orphanhood, they are prisoners of childhood. A book for an interdisciplinary readership.


Description

Sixteen leading researchers in the burgeoning field of childhood studies contribute to this wide ranging volume covering urgent and important issues in the field. Demonstrating significant advances in social studies of childhood, the authors present new theoretical and/or empirical work, bringing original nuances and perspectives to bear on existing questions and introducing new topics. The contributions range from seeing children as provokers of the social system to highlighting hypermodern societies' trend towards intruding into children's lives with technical devices. In this sense the tension between agency and structure is not discarded, but reappears in new forms and contexts such as media, child work, and distribution of welfare. Children are seen as collectively creating their own worlds but at the other extreme, in orphanhood, they are prisoners of childhood. A book for an interdisciplinary readership.


Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Figures and Graphs
Notes on Contributors
Varieties of Childhood; J.Qvortrup
Complex Interconnections. The Global and the Local in Children's Minds and Everyday Worlds; H.Hengst
Mediatized Childhoods: Discourses, Dilemmas and Directions; K.Drotner
Opting into (and out of) Childhood: Young People, Sex, and the Media; D.Buckingham & S.Bragg
Is It Time to Rethink Media Panics?; S.Kline
The Terror of Hypervigilance: Security and the Compromised Spaces of Contemporary Childhood; C.Katz
Childhood and Transgressions; C.Jenks
Prisoners of Childhood: Orphans and Economic Dependency; J.Ennew
'In Defence of Childhood': Against the Neo-Liberal Assault on Social Life; M.Lavalette
The Wealth of Children: Reconsidering the Child Labour Debate; O.Nieuwenhuys
The Priceless Child Revisited; V.Zelizer
Work, Welfare and Generational Order: Towards a Political Economy of Childhood; H.Wintersberger
Social Justice and the Rights of Children; H.Bojer
Collective Action and Agency in Young Children's Peer Cultures; W.Corsaro
Life Times: Children's Perspectives on Age, Agency and Memory across the Life Course; A.James
Structuration of Childhood: An Essay on the Structuring of Childhood and Anticipatory Socialisation; I.Frønes
Index


Authors

JENS QVORTRUP is Professor of Sociology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. For more than 20 years he has been active in establishing social studies of childhood as an academic field, both as Director of the path breaking study 'Childhood as a Social Phenomenon' and as founding president of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on the Sociology of Childhood. He is a co-editor of the journal Childhood.