Negotiating Childhoods

Applying a Moral Filter to Children’s Everyday Lives

  • Sam Frankel

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sam Frankel
    Pages 1-8
  3. Step 1

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-10
    2. Sam Frankel
      Pages 11-40
  4. Step 2

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-45
    2. Sam Frankel
      Pages 47-68
    3. Sam Frankel
      Pages 69-102
  5. Step 3

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-104
    2. Sam Frankel
      Pages 105-132
    3. Sam Frankel
      Pages 133-161
    4. Sam Frankel
      Pages 163-192
  6. Step 4

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-194
    2. Sam Frankel
      Pages 195-227
  7. Step 5

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-231
    2. Sam Frankel
      Pages 233-263
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 265-305

About this book


This book investigates how constructed representations of the child have and continue to restrict children’s opportunities to engage in moral discourses, and the implications this has on children’s everyday experiences. By considering a moral dimension to both structure and agency, the author focuses on the nature of the images that are used to represent the child and how these sit in contrast to the active and meaning-driven way in which children negotiate their everyday lives. 

The book therefore argues that ‘morality’ provides a filter to understand the backdrop for interaction, as well as offering a focus for engaging with the individual as a social agent, acting and reacting in the world around them.

Negotiating Childhoods will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, childhood studies, criminology, social work, culture and media studies and philosophy.




morality youth family parenting sociology Social Harmony harmony virtue reason Moral Discourses

Authors and affiliations

  • Sam Frankel
    • 1
  1. 1.EquippingKids, Church StrettonShropshireUK

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