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Young people's bodies have been at the centre of much policy and media discourse of late, forming the focal point of moral panics about obesity, substance abuse, and anti-social behaviour, to name just a few. Political responses to these issues are often focused on finding 'pragmatic' solutions based on a normative understanding of child development. This book, instead, demonstrates the contested and differentiated nature of childhood and youth embodiment. It combines the critical analysis of imagined and disciplined youthful bodies with a focus on young people's lived and performed, embodied subjectivities. Contested Bodies of Childhood and Youth points towards ways of addressing the issues that affect young people's wellbeing without criminalising and stigmatising them. It presents cutting edge interdisciplinary research in an accessible style that seeks to bridge the divide between theory and practice in research.


Description

Young people's bodies have been at the centre of much policy and media discourse of late, forming the focal point of moral panics about obesity, substance abuse, and anti-social behaviour, to name just a few. Political responses to these issues are often focused on finding 'pragmatic' solutions based on a normative understanding of child development. This book, instead, demonstrates the contested and differentiated nature of childhood and youth embodiment. It combines the critical analysis of imagined and disciplined youthful bodies with a focus on young people's lived and performed, embodied subjectivities. Contested Bodies of Childhood and Youth points towards ways of addressing the issues that affect young people's wellbeing without criminalising and stigmatising them. It presents cutting edge interdisciplinary research in an accessible style that seeks to bridge the divide between theory and practice in research.


Reviews

'...the book provides a rich and nuanced exposition of many issues that characterise contemporary concern about children and young people.' - Children & Society


Contents

Introduction: Contested Bodies of Children and Youth; K. Hörschelmann& R. Colls
Children's Bodies: An Absent Presence; G. Valentine
Part I: Imagining Bodies
Femininity and Body Image: Promoting Positive Body Image in the 'Culture of Slenderness';  S. Grogan
Mimesis and Alterity: Representations of Race in Children's Films;  K. Wells
Deviant Femininities: The Everyday Making and Unmaking of 'Criminal' Youth;  C. Alexander
How Do Children Taste? Young people and the production and consumption of food; E. Probyn
Commentary: Imagining Bodies;  S. Ruddick
Part II: Disciplining Bodies
Embodied Childhood in the Health Promoting School; J. Pike & D. Colquhoun
Health Visiting in Anxious Times; P. Dale
Contested Bodies of Asylum-seeking Children;  P. Hopkins& M. Hill
Children's Bodies Working and Caring in Sub-Saharan Africa;  E. Robson 
Militarized Bodies: The Global Militarization of Children's Lives;  I. Solomon & M. Denov
Commentary: Disciplining Bodies; E. Gagen
Part III: Performing Bodies
Stigma, Health, Identity and Youth(ful) Bodies; N. Beale
Embodying and Destabilising (dis)ability and Childhood; L. Holt
Time for Bed! Children's Bed-time Practices, Routines and Affects;  J. Horton & P. Kraftl
AIDS, Mobility and Commercial Sex in Ethiopia: Implications for Policy;  L. van Blerk
Commentary: Performing Bodies and Contestation; R. Panelli


























Authors

KATHRIN HÖRSCHELMANN is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Durham, UK. She has published articles in several international journals and her book publications include The City, Children and Youth, Public Spheres after Socialism, and Spaces of Masculinities.

RACHEL COLLS is Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Durham, UK. Her research interests include geographies of 'the body', feminist theories of embodiment, emotions, obesity, consumption, clothing.