Theorising Childhood

Citizenship, Rights and Participation

  • Claudio Baraldi
  • Tom Cockburn

Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Manuel Jacinto Sarmento, Rita de Cássia Marchi, Gabriela de Pina Trevisan
    Pages 135-157
  3. Claudio Baraldi, Tom Cockburn
    Pages 263-270
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 271-278

About this book


Focusing on children's citizenship, participation and rights, this edited collection draws on the work of a number of leading scholars in the sociology of childhood. The contributors explore a range of themes including: tensions between pragmatism and grand theory; revisiting agency/structure debates in the light of children; the challenging of binary thought prevalent in studies around 'generations' and other aspects of sociology; the manifestation of power in time and space; the application of theories into the 'real' world through NGOs, practitioners, policy makers, politicians and empirical research. 

The collection will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including childhood studies, sociology, politics and social policy, as well as policy makers and practitioners interested in the citizenship, rights and participation of children. 


Pragmatism Grand theory Agency/structure debates Marginalised childhood Social constructionism

Editors and affiliations

  • Claudio Baraldi
    • 1
  • Tom Cockburn
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Modena and Reggio EmiliaEmilia-RomagnaItaly
  2. 2.Edge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUnited Kingdom

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