Childhoods in Context

Second Edition

Edited by Alison Clark

Childhoods in Context
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Edited by Alison Clark

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

312 pages | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2013
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781447305811 Published June 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Childhoods in Context offers a critical exploration of childhood, drawing attention to the physical and social contexts of children’s lives. Through accounts of home and family, school, public spaces, and work, the contributors explore three key arguments: childhood is always located somewhere—either in a place designed for children or territories that children develop for themselves; childhood is experienced through objects, people, places, and everyday routines; and childhood and adult identities are relational—understandings of childhood are dependent on how adulthood is viewed.
Raising important questions about methodological approaches to understanding childhoods in context, this book provides a framework for investigating wider questions about childhood, including the power relationships between adults and children and the influence of gender and inequality.
Anne Trine Kjorholt, Norwegian Centre for Child Research
"Childhoods in Context represents a valuable source of knowledge about childhood and children’s lives. It draws attention to children’s identities as relational and connected to places. It is highly inspiring and will be of great interest to a wide audience."
Allison James, University of Sheffield
“This book provides a comprehensive account of the spatial materialities of childhood. Drawing together disparate strands of the debates around children's spaces and places, it provides key interdisciplinary insights that underscore the global importance of understanding the spatial contexts of children's lives. Well-written and accessible, this book will make a significant and timely contribution to the childhood studies field.”
Series preface
      Alison Clark

1. Children in and out of place
      Alison Clark and Lesley Gallacher
2. Home and family
      Alison Clark and Mary Jane Kehily
3. Public spaces
      Peter Kraftl
4. Making schools: spaces, objects and relationships
      Alison Clark
5. Children and work
      Lindsay O’Dell, Sarah Crafter and Heather Montgomery
6. Using visual data in research on childhood
      Martyn Hammersley

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