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Global Childhoods
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September 2014 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"An exciting and engagingly written book. The case studies are intriguing and the discussion of previous theories impeccable."
- Dr. Heather Montgomery, The Open University

"What is a child? Kate Cregan and Denise Cuthbert begin this path-breaking and compelling work with a deceptively simple question. From this seemingly straightforward formulation, they unravel, interrogate and engage with some of the most pressing issues related to children in the early 21st century... This book is an absolute must for scholars in all the fields of childhood studies."
- Professor Joy Damousi, University of Melbourne


Global Childhoods
draws on the authors’ interdisciplinary backgrounds and original research in the fields of embodiment, theorisations of childhood, children's policy, child placement and adoption, and family formation. The book critically demonstrates how following from the modern construction of childhood which emerged unevenly from the late eighteenth century,  the twentieth century saw the emergence of the conception of the normative global child, a figure finally enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The book offers a wide-ranging critical analysis of approaches to children and childhood across the social sciences. Through stimulating case studies which include the experiences of child soldiers, orphans, forced child migrants, and children and biomedicine, Cregan and Cuthbert critically test the notion of the ‘global child’ against the lived experiences of children around the globe.

Kate Cregan and Denise Cuthbert draw on and contributes to debates on children and the idea of the child in a wide range of disciplines: sociology, anthropology, education, children's studies, cultural studies, history, psychology, law and development studies. In its historical coverage of the rise of the concepts of the child and the global child, its critical engagement with the theorisation of childhood, and its detailed case studies, the book is essential reading for the study of children and childhood.

 
KEY IDEAS AND THEORETICAL APPROACHES IN THE STUDY OF CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD
 
KNOWING CHILDREN: THEORY AND METHOD IN THE STUDY OF CHILDHOOD
 
WHAT IS A CHILD?: MAKING MEANING OF CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD
 
GLOBAL CHILDHOODS: CHILDREN AS OBJECTS OF NATIONAL AND GLOBAL CONCERN
 
THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NORMATIVE GLOBAL CHILD
 
PART TWO: CASE STUDIES IN THE MEANING OF CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD
 
THE HABITUS OF CHILDHOOD: HOME, SCHOOL, WORK
 
CHILDREN AND DISASTER: ‘CHILD SOLDIERS’ AND ORPHANS
 
THE CHILD AND THE NATION: CASE STUDIES IN THE PERSECUTION AND FORCED REMOVAL OF CHILDREN BY THE STATE
 
THE VALUE OF CHILDREN
 
FUTURE CHILDREN: IDENTITY AND PERFECTIBILITY

An interesting insightful read for the learners.

Miss Annette Trilk
childcare, Wakefield College
February 24, 2015

interesting and relevant issues covered in the book.

Dr Chandrika Devarakonda
School of Education, Chester University
February 20, 2015

Used as discussion in our parenting session and child development modules

Ms Jumoke Oladipupo
school of health science and social care, Brunel Univ.
January 14, 2015

This book is set out well with excellent case studies as examples. It is engaging and accessible to students at all levels of study.

Mrs Kathryn Nethercott
Department of Education, Bedfordshire University
December 17, 2014

A critical debate on global childhoods. This text engenders analysis on the construction of childhood and how children live within our modern world. A very useful addition to the discourse of the global child.

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
December 17, 2014

key issues and debate as to what childhood is promote questions and high order thinking. I will use this for my level 4 planning.

Miss Rebecca Bolan
Dept of Psychology, Kingston University
December 11, 2014

This extremely thought provoking book challenges the reader's idea of childhood by examining childhood across different social and political divides. It is somewhat beyond the scope of the course I deliver but would make for good extension reading.

Mrs Judith Ballard
Care and Wellbeing, Brooklands College
December 10, 2014

This is a very well structured book with a clear social scientific perspective on children and childhood. It provides theoretical perspectives on childhood in a clear way, and the empirical examples are interesting and match the theoretical approaches. I also really like the summaries in the beginning of each chapter.

Ms Karolina Barglowski
Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld
November 12, 2014

For the BA (Hons) Child Development and Education this book is being recommended as essential reading. The content of this book is excellent for the modules 'Different Childhoods' and 'Global Education' and my students have benefitted from the arguments, research and theories set out in this superb book.

Miss Jo Button
Education , South Devon College
November 5, 2014

A good text that introduces some of the key terms, perspectives and conventions internationally.

Dr Peter Leadbetter
Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
October 27, 2014

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