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.
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.
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.