Childhood with Bourdieu

  • Leena Alanen
  • Liz Brooker
  • Berry Mayall

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

About this book


This collection is an engaging exploration of how Bourdieu's key concepts - field, habitus and capital - help us re-think the status of childhood. The authors are committed to improving the social status and well-being of childhood in social, economic and political worlds that too often fail to accord children respect for their human rights.


Field cultural capital social capital economic capital habitus social networks social class gender children's work scholarisation child protection child-adult relations intergenerational relations child welfare services education services globablisation United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child journeys to school embodiment preschool children child welfare childhood children early childhood early childhood education education Habitus Pierre Bourdieu poverty

Authors and affiliations

  • Leena Alanen
    • 1
  • Liz Brooker
    • 2
  • Berry Mayall
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of JyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social Sciences Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-48104-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-38474-4
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