Complex Interconnections: the Global and the Local in Children’s Minds and Everyday Worlds

  • Heinz Hengst


One of the aims of ‘new social childhood studies’, so-called, was (and still is) to identify its new collective subject, namely children. In the following, I would like to contribute to this endeavour. My approach is characterized by viewing today’s children above all as contemporaries. That may seem a trivial way of identifying them, but I believe the implications are less trivial. For sociologists who are interested in treating children in the same manner as the members of other age groups, viewing children as contemporaries is a justifiable starting point and a rewarding approach.


Collective Identity Italian Child Consumer Culture Childhood Matter Collective Subject 
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