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Children in Culture

Approaches to Childhood

  • Karín Lesnik-Oberstein

About this book


Children in Culture is one of the first fully multi- and interdisciplinary collections of essays on theoretical approaches to childhood and formulates and presents new and exciting ideas about the construction of childhood as a cultural identity. The ten original chapters have been written especially for this volume by some of the most eminent writers on childhood in their fields: psychology (Valerie Walkerdine; Rex and Wendy Stainton Rogers), history (Jenny Bourne Taylor; Kimberly Reynolds; Paul Yates), critical theory (Erica Burman), literary criticism (Margarida Morgado; Sara Thornton), children's literature criticism (Karin Lesnik-Oberstein; Stephen Thomson), and film and drama theory (Joe Kelleher).


childhood children critical theory culture drama film identity novel psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Karín Lesnik-Oberstein
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ReadingUK
  2.’s Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media (CIRCL)UK

About the editors

JENNY BOURNE TAYLOR Senior Lecturer in English, University of Sussex ERICA BURMAN Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology and Women's Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University JOE KELLEHER Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies, Roehampton Institute, London MAARGARDA MORGADO Senior Lecturer and head of the English Studies Unit, Portugal KIMBERLEY REYNOLDS Reader in Children's Literature, Roehampton Institute, London REX STAINTON ROGERS Lecturer in Psychology, University of Reading WENDY STAINTON ROGERS Senior Lecturer in the School of health and Social Welfare, Open University STEPHEN THOMSON Lecturer in English, University of Glasgow SARA THORNTON Senior Lecturer, University of Picardy-Jules Verne, France VALERIE WALKERDINE Professor of Critical Psychology and head of the Division, University of Western Sydney, Australia PAUL YATES Lecturer in the Graduate research Centre for Education, University of Sussex

Bibliographic information


"...the type of constructivist approach assumed by the authors varies considerably from chapter to chapter, making this interdisciplinary discussion of childhood a sound testament against disciplinary isolation." - Choice