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Constructing Childhood

Theory, Policy and Social Practice

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This text provides a critical analysis of the social construction of childhood and children's agency. Through an interdisciplinary synthesis combining social theory, social policy and the empirical findings of social science...

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This text provides a critical analysis of the social construction of childhood and children's agency. Through an interdisciplinary synthesis combining social theory, social policy and the empirical findings of social science research, it bridges the current gap between theory and practice, offering an incisive theoretical account of childhood that is grounded in substantive areas of children's lives such as health, education, crime and the family. This furthers understanding of the impact of policy on children's everyday lives and social experiences.

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An important and timely contribution to the currently expanding field of childhood studies
The first text in this area to attempts to bridge the gap between theory and practice
Reputation of authors as leading commentators in the field

PART 1: TOWARDS A CULTURAL POLITICS OF CHILDHOOD
Introduction
Constructing Children, Childhood and the Child
Key Constructs: Politics, Policies and Process
The Production and Reproduction of Childhood
The Universalization of Law?
PART 2: CASE STUDIES IN THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF CHILDHOOD
Introduction
Education
Health
Crime
The Family
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS Continuity and Change.

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ALLISON JAMES is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield and a pioneer in the area of childhood studies. She is author of numerous publications on children and childhood including Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood (Falmer) and Theorizing Childhood (Polity Press).

ADRIAN L. JAMES is Professor of Applied Social Studies at the University of Sheffield. He has published widely in the field of socio-legal studies, covering a range of areas in both family law and criminal justice studies.

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ALLISON JAMES is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield and a pioneer in the area of childhood studies. She is author of numerous publications on children and childhood including Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood (Falmer) and Theorizing Childhood (Polity Press).

ADRIAN L. JAMES is Professor of Applied Social Studies at the University of Sheffield. He has published widely in the field of socio-legal studies, covering a range of areas in both family law and criminal justice studies.

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