Michael Freeman

in Law and Childhood Studies

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652501
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739217 | DOI:

Series: Current Legal Issues


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This introductory chapter discusses how law has always been concerned with children, even before the emergence of childhood studies. It then argues that law and childhood studies have much in common, most notably the emphasis on the child as a subject. The children's studies movement takes the implication of this further, for example often seeing the child as a citizen. Each discipline can learn much from the other but the law has most need of an input. The approaches of the two disciplines are different: one employs a research methodology, the other tests out ideas pragmatically from case to case. As far as is known, this book is the first collection which puts the two disciplines together. Much can be learnt from the chapter that follow.

Keywords: law; children; childhood studies

Chapter.  5777 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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