Introduction: The Politics of Childhood — An Overview

  • Allison fames
  • Adrian James


This book arises out of the third international conference held by the Centre for the Social Study of Childhood at the University of Hull in 2002. This conference aimed to explore, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, the politics of childhood. Or, perhaps to be more accurate, through having this as its organising theme, the conference endeavoured to discover what a politics of childhood in the 21st century might look like — to identify some of the key issues, debates and matters of contemporary concern. This volume, therefore, is an attempt to set out some initial markers of current thinking in this sphere and to indicate areas for future research and theorising.


Family Business Child Labour Childhood Poverty Citizenship Education Emotional Labour 
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  • Allison fames
  • Adrian James

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