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Theorizing Childhood by Allison James, Chris (Goldsmith's College, London) Jenks, Alan (Keele University) Prout


Theorizing Childhood by Allison James, Chris (Goldsmith's College, London) Jenks, Alan (Keele University) Prout

In recent years there has been a rapid growth of interest in the sociological study of childhood. This new book draws together the major developments in the field. In particular, the book discusses contemporary sociological and anthropological research in order to develop key links between the study of childhood and social theory, exposing its historical, political and cultural dimensions.


a An exciting book by three of the foremost social--scientific specialists on childhood writing in Britain today; it promises to consolidate Childhood Studies as a new field of concerted endeavour.a Nigel Rapport, University of St Andrews a This new book is a spring of inspiration. Theorizing Childhood addresses in a superb way the main, if not all, relevant approaches within the a new sociology of childhooda . It demonstrates brilliantly the salience of this new field both for what it can learn from the general body of knowledge and for what it can itself contribute to modern social scholar in this or neighbouring fields can afford not to read and digest it.a Jens Qvortrup, South Jutland University Centre a The framework developed here is potentially an extremely powerful one, with enormous potential to stimulate and focus our thinking about childhood -- and in particular our researcha Social Work & Social Sciences Review

About the Author

Allison James is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield and Professor II at the Norwegian Centre for Child Research, Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Trondheim; Chris Jenks is Vice--Chancellor of Brunel University; Alan Prout is Professor of Sociology and Childhood Studies at the University of Warwick.

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Publication date

12th January 1998


Allison James, Chris (Goldsmith's College, London) Jenks, Alan (Keele University) Prout

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Polity Press


256 pages


Sociology: family & relationships



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