© 2000

The Body, Childhood and Society

  • Alan Prout
  • Jo Campling

About this book


Bringing together two topics of wide and growing sociological interest, The Body, Childhood and Society examines how children's bodies are constructed in schools, families, courts, hospitals and in film. Recognising that children's bodies are a target for adult practices of social regulation, the contributors show that children are also active in their construction, employ them in resistance and social action, and generate their own meanings about them. The editor, a leading sociologist of childhood, draws out the theoretical implications of this work, indicates the limits of social constructionism, and suggests new ways of thinking about the hybrid of material, discursive and collective processes involved. It will be a valuable text for social scientists interested in the body, childhood, schooling, the law, medicine and health.


care childhood children Familie gender girls sociology sociology theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Prout
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jo Campling
  1. 1.University of HullUK
  2. 2.ESRC Children 5–16 Research ProgrammeUK

About the editors

ALAN PROUT is Reader in the School of Comparative and Applied Social Sciences, University of Hull and Director of the ESRC Children 5-16 Research Programme.

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