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Contextualizing Childhoods

Growing Up in Europe and North America

Editors: Frankel, Sam, McNamee, Sally (Eds.)

  • Draws together a variety of contexts of contemporary childhoods
  • Provides multidisciplinary perspectives that combines law, education, thanatology, sociology, international development and more
  • Features a timely chapter on Brexit and Childhood
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About this book

This edited collection draws together a variety of contexts of contemporary childhoods, linking thinking from Canada with spaces in the UK and Sweden. The contributors explores the discourses that shape those childhoods and how this then impacts on the way that children come to experience their everyday lives.

The aim of the book is not to reflect the entirety of childhood experience but to draw off particular expertise that shine a light into partial, yet significant areas of children’s lives, with the contributions engaging with a range of voices and perspectives. As a result, the collection advocates the need for childhood studies to zoom out from a predisposition to isolate the child, which has been seen as a necessary part of conceptualizing childhood. As a result, the book focuses on a ‘context’ for childhoods through a consideration of both structure and agency, and through this seeks to recognise the interconnected nature of the arenas within which children live their everyday lives. A range of themes are covered, including the education system, identity within the home, suicide in communities, and younger children’s 'political' engagement and sense of belonging.

Contextualising Childhoods will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, law, and education.

About the authors

Sam Frankel is Creative Director of EquippingKids (UK) and Assistant Professor at King’s University College, Western University, Canada. 

Sally McNamee is an Associate Professor at King’s University College, Western University, Canada.


Reviews

“This collection takes current academic debate forward via the wide range of empirical case studies … which successfully apply knowledge to understand practices and discourses in and on, from and for, children in society.” (Federico Farini, University of Northampton, UK)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • 1 Introduction

    Frankel, Sam (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • 2 Childhood Agonistes: The Liminal Horizons of Late Modern Childhood

    Pomfret, Alan

    Pages 11-35

  • 3 After the Century of the Child: Swedish Education and the Transformation of the Role of the Child

    Lilja, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 39-61

  • Commentary on Chapter 3: A Reflection on ‘After the Century of the Child’ by Lilja and Tzimoula

    Ryan, Patrick J.

    Pages 63-71

  • 4 Pencil Box Journey: Old Colony Mennonite Children, Education, and Schooling

    Crocker, Wendy A.

    Pages 73-89

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94926-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94925-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contextualizing Childhoods
Book Subtitle
Growing Up in Europe and North America
Editors
  • Sam Frankel
  • Sally McNamee
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94926-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94926-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94925-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 279
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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