Sociology of Childhood

Michael Wyness

in Childhood Studies

ISBN: 9780199791231
Published online March 2012 | | DOI:
Sociology of Childhood


The sociology of childhood developed quite rapidly in the 1990s and 2000s as a critical discipline within the field of childhood studies. It has become a growth area in undergraduate teaching and learning, researchers are finding more innovative ways of working with children in the research process, and arguably, the new insights from within the field have informed policy and practice with children at national and global levels. One key area is sociological theory. Child scholars have provided a number of critical approaches that challenge the conventions in researching and theorizing on children and childhood but have also contributed more broadly to sociological analyses of social structure and agency by reworking the concepts of generational difference and power. The sociology of childhood is mature enough now to provide a range of general works and undergraduate textbooks. It has also diversified. There is a core of theoretical debate and material as well as important statements on the politics, the ethics, and the methodological aspects of researching children, one of which is the focus now on viewing children as both research subjects and collaborators. The diversity of research on children and childhood is illustrated in this bibliography through the discussion of the global dimension, the importance of children’s cultures, the role of the media, and the changing nature of family relations.

Article.  6856 words. 

Subjects: Development Studies

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