Childhood and Youth

Exploring Childhood and Youth with Social Science

From cyberbullying to childhood literacy in refugee families, juvenile offenders to young people’s perspectives on end-of-life, Palgrave Macmillan is proud to publish a wealth of social science research conducted globally into childhood and youth. Here, alongside a collection of our most recent titles and key series, we’ve made several chapters and journal articles free to access for a limited time. We also have original articles and videos from our authors and contributors.

Original Articles

We've spoken to some of our authors, editors and contributors about their research into childhood and youth, working across subjects and disciplines, and the impact they hope it will have.

Free Book Chapters

Explore the latest social science research on subjects of childhood and youth, with free access to chapters from these titles until Friday 21st September 2018.

Series Highlights

Browse monographs and edited collections with a focus on Childhood and Youth from across the social sciences, brought together here in some of our most timely and relevant series.


Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood

This series focuses on reframings of theory, research, policy, and pedagogies in childhood. A critical cultural study of childhood is one that offers a 'prism' of possibilities for writing about power and its relationship to the cultural constructions of childhood, family, and education in broad societal, local, and global contexts. Books in the series open up new spaces for dialogue and reconceptualization based on critical theoretical and methodological framings, including critical pedagogy; advocacy and social justice perspectives; cultural, historical, and comparative studies of childhood; and post-structural, postcolonial, and/or feminist studies of childhood, family, and education.

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Palgrave Studies on the Anthropology of Childhood and Youth

The goal of the series is to advance an emerging sub-field in anthropology that treats childhood and adolescence as distinct and worthy foci of scholarship. The series aims to break down historic barriers that have prevented collaboration among cultural/social anthropologists,  ethnologists, archaeologists, linguists, primatologists, biological anthropologists and developmental psychologists.

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Recent Journal Articles