Future Directions for the Study of Childhood
This final chapter draws upon the earlier contributions within this volume in order to offer some thoughts about issues that may be particularly important, or remain so, in future work in the field of childhood studies. Such a task is inevitably qualified by uncertainties and the difficulties of making predictions, but there are certainly some points from the chapters in this volume that are worth highlighting. When we, as editors, set out to produce this book, we were aware that there are a large number of scholars across the world doing interesting work on historical and contemporary childhoods. We could not hope to adequately represent the diversity of this work in a volume such as ours. However, the chapters that we have brought together in this volume, as well as being worthwhile and interesting in themselves, give some significant insights into the range of possible avenues for future research on childhood.
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