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This landmark publication in the study of children and childhood signals the recognition of a significant area of study. Childhood studies has both matured and experienced remarkable diversification over the past twenty-five years and this Handbook, an essential guide to the subject, is an indication that childhood has become a legitimate field of study in its own right.  With contributions from an international line-up of leading scholars, from across a range of disciplines including sociology, social policy, social work, education, cultural studies, history, geography and law, this collection of specially-commissioned essays maps the field whilst setting a research agenda for future study. 
 
Divided into six parts - concepts; historical and socio-economic contexts; generational relations; everyday lives; practice and participation; children's rights and place in the world - this substantive reference work charts how childhood studies has moved beyond developmental issues to focus on broader issues of children in society, as actors and agents, and as subjects of policy intervention.  Providing a comprehensive overview of key theoretical and empirical work in the field, this Handbook will be an indispensable reference resource for all those concerned with the study of children and childhood.  
  
  
  


Description

This landmark publication in the study of children and childhood signals the recognition of a significant area of study. Childhood studies has both matured and experienced remarkable diversification over the past twenty-five years and this Handbook, an essential guide to the subject, is an indication that childhood has become a legitimate field of study in its own right.  With contributions from an international line-up of leading scholars, from across a range of disciplines including sociology, social policy, social work, education, cultural studies, history, geography and law, this collection of specially-commissioned essays maps the field whilst setting a research agenda for future study. 
 
Divided into six parts - concepts; historical and socio-economic contexts; generational relations; everyday lives; practice and participation; children's rights and place in the world - this substantive reference work charts how childhood studies has moved beyond developmental issues to focus on broader issues of children in society, as actors and agents, and as subjects of policy intervention.  Providing a comprehensive overview of key theoretical and empirical work in the field, this Handbook will be an indispensable reference resource for all those concerned with the study of children and childhood.  
  
  
  


Reviews

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2010
 
'a very impressive collection that covers a breathtaking amount of ground" - Social Sciences Review
 
'The Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies is...an excellent book...an indispensable working tool for (the next generation of) childhood researchers.' - Childhood

'a rich compendium of current research…a journey through the highways and alleyways of a burgeoning area…It is the kind of book I want handy as a reference for both teaching and research. An attractive anthology for use in a course on childhood at the advanced undergraduate or graduate levels, it provides multiple tools for navigating theoretical, methodological, and epistemological terrains of research in 'new' childhood studies.' - Sara Dorow, Canadian Journal of Sociology

'for everyone involved in child research this is a must'  - Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association

'a very impressive collection that covers a breathtaking amount of ground' - Tom Cockburn, Sozialwissenschaftliche Literatur Rundschau
 
'The Handbook of Childhood Studies is an excellent resource: comprehensive in scope, interdisciplinary in content, well-chosen topics, with thoughtful essays by major figures in the field. It's a treasure!'
-Barrie Thorne, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, USA; co-editor of Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research

'This collection of essays covers an enormous range of topics on children and childhood and both reviews and extends the thinking within these sub-fiields.The Handbook of Childhood Studies is brimming full of insights and will help to shape theoretical and empirical agendas for researchers within the ever-broadening field of childhood studies.'
- Michael Wyness, Associate Professor in Childhood Studies, University of Warwick, UK

'The Handbook of Childhood Studies orchestrates the arrival, staying power, and significance of Childhood Studies as a field. With a proliferation of creative ideas, a provocative and thoughtful organization ... the Handbook is deliciously kaleidoscopic - turn one way for rigorous yet consistently fresh views on a broad array of topics that shape the social studies of childhood, turn again and it sparks all kinds of questions and themes for future research'.
- Cindi Katz, Professor of Geography, Graduate Center, The City University of New York, USA
 
'This is a very significant book which assembles the work of many of the leading interdisciplinary figures in the field of childhood studies. The contents are well organised and the arguments both coherent and compelling. It will be difficult for any future scholar in this area of research to sidestep this major contribution to our understanding'
-Professor Chris Jenks, Vice Chancellor Brunel University, UK
 



 


Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Why Social Studies of Childhood?; J.Qvortrup, W.A.Corsaro & M-S.Honig
PART I: CONCEPTS OF CHILDHOOD STUDIES
Childhood as Structural Form; J.Qvortrup
Agency; A.James
Child Development and Development of Childhood; M.Woodhead 
How is the Child Constituted in Childhood Studies?; M-S.Honig
Method and Methodology in Childhood Research; A.Lange & J.Mierendorff
PART II: HISTORICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONTEXTS OF CHILDHOOD 
The Evolution of Childhood in Western Europe c. 1400-1750; H.Hendrick
Transitions to Modernity; J.Gillis
Institutionalization as a Secular Trend; H.Zeiher
Pluralization of Family Forms;  A-M.Jensen
PART III: GENERATIONAL RELATIONS
Generational Order; L.Alanen  
Generational Relations at Family Level; B.Mayall
Children, Generational Relations and Intergenerational Justice; T.Olk
Collective Identities; H.Hengst
PART IV: CHILDREN'S EVERYDAY LIVES/THE LOCAL FRAMEWORK
Children's Bodies; L.Fingerson
Policies in Early Childhood Education and Care: Potentialities for Agency, Play and Learning; G.Dahlberg
Localities: A Holistic Frame of Reference for Appraising Social Justice in Children's Lives; J.McKendrick
Children as Problems, Problems of Children; K.Rosier
Childhood: Leisure, Culture, and Peers; I.Frønes
PART V: CHILDREN'S PRACTICE - CHILDREN AS PARTICIPANTS
From Child Labour to Working Children's Movement; O.Nieuwenhuys
Peer Cultures; W.A.Corsaro
Play and Games; A-C.Evaldsson
Leisure Time and Cultural Activities; I.Frønes
Children as Consumers; D.Cook
Children and Television; D.Buckingham
Children and Digital Media: Online, On Site, On the Go;  K.Drotner
PART VI: CHILDREN'S RIGHTS AND PLACE IN THE WORLD
Children's Rights as Human Rights: Reading the UNCRC; M.Freeman
Interests in and Responsibility for Children and their Life Worlds; D.Bühler-Niederberger & H.Sünker
Transnational Mobilities and Childhoods; A.Bailey
Closing the Gap between Rights and the Realities of Children's Lives; N.H.Kaufman& I.Rizzini
Author Index
Subject Index


Authors

JENS QVORTRUP is Professor of Sociology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and former Director of the Norwegian Centre for Child Research, Trondheim, Norway. A founding father of childhood studies, he was the Founding President of the International Sociological Association's section on sociology of childhood (1988-1998), Director of the pioneering study 'Childhood as a Social Phenomenon' (1987-1992) and co-editor of the journal Childhood (1999-2008). He has written extensively on childhood and his publications include Childhood Matters, Childhood and Children's Culture, Studies in Modern Childhood and The Modern Child and the Flexible Labour Market.
 
WILLIAM A. CORSARO is the Robert H. Shaffer Endowed Chair in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, USA. He has held Visiting Fellowships in Italy and Norway. He has written widely on childhood and early education and his publications include Friendship and Peer Culture in the Early Years, We're Friends, Right?: Inside Kids' Culture, I Compagni: Understanding Children's Transition from Preschool to Elementary School (with Luisa Molinari). His book The Sociology of Childhood is now in its second edition and has been translated into Danish and Italian.
 
MICHAEL-SEBASTIAN HONIG is Professor of Social Work at the University of Luxembourg. Previously he held posts as Head of the Department of Children and Child Care at the German Youth Institute, Munich, and Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Trier, Germany. His many publications include Entwurf einer Theorie der Kindheit (Towards a Theory of Childhood). He is co-editor of the German Journal of the Sociology of Education and Socialization and an editorial board member for Childhood. He edits the German book series Childhoods: New Directions published by Juventa Publishing.