Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745336046 Published January 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Children of the Welfare State

Civilising Practices in Schools, Childcare and Families

Laura Gilliam and Eva Gulløv

Children of the Welfare State

Laura Gilliam and Eva Gulløv

Distributed for Pluto Press

272 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745336046 Published January 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745336091 Published February 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Children of the Welfare State uses the case of Denmark—employed as emblematic of the European state—to consider the ways in which children are “civilized” within child-focused institutions, such as schools, daycare, and the family unit, under the auspices of the welfare state. Through deep ethnographic studies, the authors build a clear account of children’s experiences at a variety of ages, different genders, and from differing ethnic and social backgrounds. Ultimately they show that even though Danish welfare institutions are marked by a strong egalitarian ideal, they nonetheless tend to reproduce dominant norms of social class and distinctions of ethnicity and religion.
 
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Richard Jenkins, emeritus, University of Sheffield
"This detailed empirical study of how Danish children are brought up, or 'civilized' - whether within families or public institutions - is a major contribution to our understanding of Scandinavian welfare states, a powerful argument for the role of ethnography in comparative policy debates, and a must-read for anyone interested in childhood."
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