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Childhood and Nation

Interdisciplinary Engagements

  • Editors
  • Zsuzsa Millei
  • Robert Imre

Part of the Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood book series (CCSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Childhood and Nation

    1. Zsuzsa Millei, Robert Imre
      Pages 1-22
  3. Government, Representations, and Resistances

  4. Trans/National Subject Formation

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-265

About this book


Childhood and Nation explores the historical and manifold current relations between nation and childhood. Millei and Imre bring together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars to address many pressing questions of today. The analytical incisions created by nation and childhood bring answers to the following questions: How do national agendas related to economic, social and political problems exploit children and tighten their regulation? How do representations of nations take advantage of ideals of childhood? Why do nations look to children and search for those characteristics of childhood that help them solve environmental and humanitarian issues? The book offers a fresh look at the theme of nation and childhood by offering multiple methodologies from fields including education, policy studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, literature, and psychology.


Cultural politics of nation and childhood Politics of childhood Childhood Studies Conceptualising childhood Theorising childhood Children's geographies Children's citizenship Child migration Nationalism Comparative education Globalisation and childhood Children's literature Cultural studies Children's rights History of childhood Governing childhood Political subject formation Political socialization comparative education Cultural Studies education globalization government identity Israel migration national identity nationalism politics

About the authors

Bree Akesson, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada Lucy Hopkins Robert Imre,The University of Newcastle, Australia Mikko Joronen, University of Tampere, Finland Trish Lunt, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia Marguerita Magennis, Portobello Institute, Ireland Esther Miedema,University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Zsuzsa Millei, University of Tampere, Finland Paula Pustulka, Bangor University, UK Alistair Ross, London Metropolitan University, UK Magdalena ?lusarczyk, Jagiellonian University, Poland Prasanna Srinivasan, Monash University, Australia Stella Strzemecka, Jagiellonian University, Poland Miaowei Weng, Southern Connecticut State University, USA Tatjana Zimenkova, TU Dortmund University, Germany.

Bibliographic information


“This is a timely, much needed and well-balanced edited book on childhood and nation … . Its overall contribution to children’s geographies is its important focus on how childhood and nation are brought together in complex ways.” (Elizabeth Mavroudi, Children's Geographies, Vol. 17 (2), 2019)