This textbook for advanced and post graduate students sets out the contexts of children's and young people’s lives and encourages students to explore their complexities and contexts.
This new edition has been substantially updated to discuss and analyse new topics and issues that have emerged over the last ten years, including:
• developments in the way that children and young people’s lives have been theorised and understood;
• their engagement in all aspects of contemporary cultures including the spiritual as well as the digital;
• the impact of recent political, economic and social change.
Drawing on insights from psychology, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, geography and education, each chapter challenges students’ assumptions and examines crucial issues in the field, such as participation, race, rights, law, transnational childhoods and sexuality.
These different perspectives, drawing on different bodies of work, form a holistic picture of the multi-faceted lives of children and young people today.
Heather Montgomery is a Reader in the Anthropology of Childhood at the Open University. She has written on children and sexuality, children’s rights and on the role of children in anthropology.
Martin Robb is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at the Open University. He has published articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, with a recent focus on young masculinities and young fatherhood.
Introduction ~ Heather Montgomery and Martin Robb;
Reconciling Childhood and Youth Studies and developmental psychology ~ Heather Montgomery and Mimi Tatlow-Golden;
Children and young people's cultures ~ Mary Jane Kehily and Heather Montgomery;
Disability, childhood and young people ~ Katherine Runswick-Cole and Dan Goodley;
Children’s rights and cultural relativism ~ Heather Montgomery;
Inequalities and the social and cultural capital of childhood and youth ~ Heather Montgomery;
Children, young people and race ~ Anoop Nayak;
Children, young people and sexuality ~ Mary Jane Kehily;
Transnational childhoods ~ Roy Huijsmans;
Young men and gender identity ~ Martin Robb and Sandy Ruxton;
Children, young people and politics in the UK ~ Nigel Thomas;
Children and violence ~ Kirrily Pells;
Children’s voice: bridging theory and practice with unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK ~ John I’Anson and Ruth Weston;
Children’s spirituality ~ Rebecca Nye;
Food in children and young people’s lives: ambiguous agency and contested moralities ~ Mimi Tatlow-Golden;
Children’s mental health: controversy, complexity and contestation ~ China Mills;
Children and their families ~ Virginia Morrow;
The myth of digital childhoods ~ Natalia Kucirkova.
“This book is chocked full of gems – pitch-perfect for masters students while still being of value for higher levels of scholarship. The robust integration of theorization and research evidence within each chapter, as well as the interdisciplinarity across chapters, will make this a go-to resource for my teaching and writing.” Laura Steckley, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of Strathclyde
“A ‘must have’ text for students who want an accessible, well-resourced text, on contemporary issues facing children and young people. Each stimulating chapter inspires the reader to develop ways of using and building on the work presented so clearly in this book.” Steve Bullock, University of Gloucestershire
“This insightful edition offers contemporary, critical debate across a range of topical themes, which encapsulates the diversities of children and young people’s lived experiences.” Dr Sarah Richards, Course Leader Family Studies and Childhood and Family Studies, University of Suffolk