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Global Childhoods in International Perspective: Universality, Diversity and Inequalities

Global Childhoods in International Perspective: Universality, Diversity and Inequalities

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March 2020 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Global Childhoods in International Perspective gathers a wide spectrum of contributors from Europe, the U.S., South Asia, South Africa and Latin America, who, attuned with present dilemmas in the area of childhood studies, discuss some key theoretical and empirical aspects of child scholarship, such as identity, child wellbeing, child mobility and migration, intergenerational relationships and child abuse. Through these expert contributions, the book explores the many ways in which the relationship between universality and particularities of childhood plays an important role in describing global childhoods.

The book highlights childhood as a cross-cutting issue in global sociology with chapters on globalization and schooling in Burkina Faso, child abuse and neglect in India, identity and integration among children of African immigrants in France, social class mobility of Filipino migrant children in Italy and France, and an investigation into Kyrgyz childhoods.

Ideal reading for researchers, practitioners and students interested in both childhood studies and the other areas including community research, sociology of education, social stratification, and the sociology of migration.
Introduction by Claudio Baraldi & Lucia Rabello De Castro
Section 1. Problematizing Universality, Diversity and Inequalities in Global Childhoods
Chapter 1. Roots and problems of universalism: the concept of children’s agency by Claudio Baraldi
Chapter 2. Age Epistemology and the Politics of Age by Lucia Rabello De Castro
Chapter 3. Inequalities in French Speaking and Anglo-Saxon Childhood Sociologies by Regine Sirota
Section 2. Issues of Children’s Agency in Global Childhoods
Chapter 4. Globalization, school and redefinition of childhood in Burkina Faso by Isabelle Danic
Chapter 5. Examining Child Mobility and Transport in South Africa. Challenges for Theory and Practice by Sharmla Rama
Chapter 6. The limits of healthism: Understanding children’s conceptions of health by Tobia Fattore
Section 3. Identities and social transformation in global childhoods
Chapter 7. Success: A ‘leitmotiv’ of Kyrgyz childhoods by Doris Bühler-Niederberger
Chapter 8. Child Abuse and Neglect in India. Locating child abuse in fractured Indian families through children’s lenses by Vinod Chandra
Chapter 9. Identity and Social Integration among the Children of African Immigrants in France by Loretta Bass
Chapter 10. Fluctuating Social Class Mobility of Filipino Migrant Children in France and in Italy by Asuncion Freznoza-Flot & Itaru Nagasaka

A timely and comprehensive reading of the complexities of the local and global scenarios of contemporary childhood.

Dr. Ana Vergara, Associate Professor, Universidad de Santiago, Chile.

Ana Vergara
Universidad de Santiago, Chile

Baraldi and Rabello de Castro have edited a theoretically sophisticated text which explores the hegemony of the affluent world with respect to global policy and practice on children and childhood. There is an impressive range of country based empirical research on themes that link epistemology, age, agency and identity to the contemporary globalisation of childhood.

Dr Michael Wyness, Reader, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick.

Michael Wyness
Reader, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick

This collection by Baraldi and Rabello de Castro brings together key thinkers on the sociological study of childhood from across the continents of the globe. Thereby, the book offers a rich cornucopia of ideas and analyses from a diverse and global set of academics. Issues under scrutiny include processes of globalisation, children’s identity formation, migration, poverty, sexual abuse, education and health. The collection explores the dilemma of the universality of children’s experiences against the significance of context, and the importance to recognise the diversity of childhoods. The editors bring together the range of contributions through a coherent set of commentaries. This collection is an urgent read for those interested in the lives lived by children across the world and for professionals in health, education, psychology and social work. Reading this will expand your conceptual horizons and revisit afresh the ways we understand children.


Tom Cockburn
Professor in Social Sciences at Edge Hill University

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