Key Thinkers in Childhood Studies presents the contrasting perspectives of some of the leading figures involved in shaping the field of Childhood Studies over the last 30 years. Using in-depth interviews, twenty-two high profile pioneers, who represent a range of disciplines and nationalities, share personal and unpublished accounts of their work and careers. They reflect upon the significant changes that have taken place in the study of children and childhood, discuss the evolution of ideas underpinning the field, examine current tensions and dilemmas and explore challenges for the future.
This book fills a gap by offering important insights into researchers’ experiences in Childhood Studies and their ideas about the central issues confronting the field. It will be of interest to students, practitioners and experienced academics from all disciplinary backgrounds who are seeking to contextualise, understand and advance our understanding of childhood, children and youth.
Dr Carmel Smith is a Research Associate of the Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin. She has practised for many years as a social worker, probation officer and children’s counsellor in London, Belfast and Dublin.
Professor Sheila Greene is a Fellow Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin. She is a psychologist and was formerly Professor of Childhood Research and Director of the Children’s Research Centre.
"A fascinating, thought-provoking and considered resource" Children's Geographies
“A fascinating, rich, and deeply informative conversation about the origins and future of the new paradigm of childhood studies. ... Both newcomers and long-time practitioners will leave these pages invigorated and inspired." John Wall, Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Childhood Studies, Rutgers University, USA
"An interdisciplinary look at the field, based on interviews with 22 professionals who have played a significant role in its development, which provide insights on the past, present, and future importance of childhood studies." Choice