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Module Reading List

Theorizing Childhood and Youth, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Hayley Davies
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General Reading for the Module

Alanen, L and Mayal,l B. (2001) Conceptualizing child-adult relations, London: RoutledgeFalmer. 

Christensen P, and James A, (eds) (2008/2017) Research with Children: Perspectives and Practices. Second Edition. London: Routledge.

Hutchby I, Moran-Ellis J.(eds) (1998) Children and social competence: arenas of action. London: Falmer Press.

James, A. and Prout, A (1997) Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood. Basingstoke: Falmer Press.

James, A., Jenks, C. and Prout, A. (1998) Theorizing childhood, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Lee, N. (2001) Childhood and society: growing up in an age of uncertainty. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Mayall, B. (2002) Towards a sociology for childhood. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Pollard, A. and Filer, A. (1996) The Social World of Children’s Learning. London: Cassell.

Prout, A. (2005) The future of childhood: towards the interdisciplinary study of children. London: FalmerRoutledge.

Smith, C. and Greene, S. (2014) Key thinkers in childhood studies ISBN: 9781447308072 (hbk). Policy Press: Bristol.

Wyness, M. (2012) Childhood and society : an introduction to the sociology of childhood. (2nd Edition) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Week 1: Introduction to Module

Ransome, P. (2010) Social Theory for Beginners. Bristol: The Policy Press. Please read: Chapter 1: what is social theory? [this is available as a hard copy book and e-book]

Smith, C. and Greene, S. (2014) Key thinkers in childhood studies. Bristol: Policy Press. Please read chapter 1: introduction. [available as e-book)

Prout, A. (2005) “Childhood Studies and the Modern Mentality”, Chapter 2 of The future of childhood: towards the interdisciplinary study of children, London: FalmerRoutledge.

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Week 2-4: Child development - from developmental psychology to development in context 

Understanding Developmental Cognitive Disorders. Chapter 1 (pp. 1-36) In Hulme, C & Snowling, M. J. (2009)Developmental disorders of language, learning and cognition. Chichester, U.K., Wiley-Blackwell.


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Week 5-6: The Social Construction of Childhood and Beyond

Prout, A. and James, A. (1997) “A New Paradigm for the Sociology of Childhood: Provenance, Promise and Problems”, Chapter 1 of Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood, London: Falmer Press.

James, A., Jenks, C. and Prout, A. (1999) “The Sociological Child” , Chapter 2 of Theorizing childhood, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Prout, A. (2005) “The Dualities of the Social” Chapter 3 of The future of childhood: towards the interdisciplinary study of children, London: FalmerRoutledge.

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Week 7: Children, Family and Society  

Shaw, S. (2013) ‘Families and children’ in P. Dwyer and S.Shaw (eds) An introduction to social policy. London: Sage: 69-84.

Wyness, M. (2014) ‘Children, Families and the State: Re-visiting Public and Private Realms’ In Sociology vol.48 no.1 pp59-74.

Bond-Taylor, S. (2015) ‘Dimensions of Family Empowerment in Work with So-Called ‘Troubled’ Families’. In Social policy and society : a journal of the Social Policy Association vol.14 no.3 pp371-384.

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Week 8: From Posthumanism to the Anthropocene

Malone, K. (2016). Theorizing a child-dog encounter in the slums of La Paz using post-humanistic approaches in order to disrupt universalisms in current “child in nature” debates. Children’s Geographies14(4), 390–407.

Jessop, S. (2018). How modernity’s futurism puts children in the front line. Childhood, 28 June 2018, 90756821877875. doi:10.1177/0907568218778753 

 Lee, N. (2013) Childhood and biopolitics : climate change, life processes, and human futures ISBN: 9781349321889 (pbk). Especially chapters 6 and 7

Moss, P (2018) Alternative narratives in early childhood : an introduction for students and practitioners ISBN: 9781138291553 (pbk); 9781138291546 (hbk); 9781315265247 (ebk). Especially chapter 2.    

Taylor, A., & Pacini-Ketchabaw, V. (2015). Learning with children, ants, and worms in the Anthropocene: Towards a common world pedagogy of multispecies vulnerability. Pedagogy, culture and society : a journal of educational discussion and debate. ISSN: 1468-1366, 23(4), 507-529. doi:10.1080/14681366.2015.1039050


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Week 9: Children, Young People and Gender

Pattman, R. and Kehilly, M.J. (2004) ‘Gender’ in S. Fraser and V. Lewis (eds) Doing research with children and young people ISBN: 0761943811 (pbk.) : £18.99; 0761943803. London: Sage: 131-144.

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Week 10: Children's Rights and Social Justice

Archard, D. (2015) 'Conclusion: A Modest Collectivist Proposal'. In Archard, D. Children: Rights and Childhood. Oxon: Routledge.

Pupavac, V. (2013) 'Children's Human Rights Advocacy'. In Goodhard, M. (Ed) Human Rights: Policy and Practice. Oxford: OUP.

Ruck, M. D. and Horn, S. S. (2008) ‘Charting the Landscape of Children’s Rights’. In The Journal of Social Issues vol.64 no.4 pp685-699.

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Week 11: Essay preparation and writing 1

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Week 12: Essay preparation and writing 2

This list was last updated on 15/11/2019