© 2005

The Politics of Childhood

International Perspectives, Contemporary Developments

  • Jim Goddard
  • Sally McNamee
  • Adrian James
  • Allison James

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Children in Theory and History

  3. Children, Money and Work

  4. Children at School

  5. Children, Power and Decision-making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Máire Messenger Davies, Nick Mosdell
      Pages 208-225
    3. Sally McNamee, Adrian James, Allison James
      Pages 226-244

About this book


This book analyzes the nature and experience of childhoods around the world at the beginning of the 21st century. Wide-ranging developments concerning children in the fields of social policy, sociology and politics have spurred significant growth in the social study of childhood. The book, which is primarily designed for students, academics and practitioners who need to keep up with fast-moving contemporary developments, considers childhood from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jim Goddard
    • 1
  • Sally McNamee
    • 2
  • Adrian James
    • 1
  • Allison James
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Social Sciences & HumanitiesUniversity of BradfordUK
  2. 2.Dept. of Comparative and Applied Social SciencesUniversity of HullUK
  3. 3.Dept. of Sociological StudiesUniversity of SheffieldUK

About the editors

ANN BLAIR is Lecturer in Law at the University of Leeds, UK MARIBEL BLASCO is Assistant Professor of Spanish American Studies at the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark JIM BLOCK is a Lecturer in Political Theory and American Studies at DePaul University, USA MAREE BROWN is Principal Analyst in the Ministry of Social Development in New Zealand VICKI COPPOCK is Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Childhood Studies at Edge Hill College of Higher Education, UK WIEBINA HEESTERMAN is a Research Student in the School of Law, University of Warwick, UK TAMARA VAN DER HOEK is a PhD Student in the Department of Sociology at Tilburg University, Netherlands JALEH MCCORMACK is a Research and Administrative Officer at the Child Health and Research Policy Unit, City University, London, UK MÁIRE MESSENGER DAVIES is Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Centre for Media Research, University of Ulster at Coleraine, UK NICK MOSDELL is a Lecturer in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, UK REBECCA DE SCHWEINITZ is an Independent Scholar living in Portland, Oregon, USA JULIE SEYMOUR is Senior Lecturer in Social Research and Head of Department for Comparative and Applied Social Sciences, University of Hull, UK NIGEL THOMAS is Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at the University of Wales, Swansea, UK ANNABEL TREMLETT is a Research Student at the Department for Education and Professional Studies at King's College, London, UK

Bibliographic information


'I would certainly recommend this book to students and practitioners with interests in children and childhood'. - Michael Wyness, Children and Society