Childhood in Global Perspective
June 2009, Polity
- How children are constituted as raced, classed and gendered subjects;
- How family policy results in some kinds of family being labelled as normal and others as deviant, and how this impacts in children;
- How children’s involvement in war is connected to the globalization of capitalism and organised crime;
- How school and work operate as sites for the governing of childhood.
This book will be of great value to students and scholars in the fields of sociology, social policy and development studies. It will also be a valuable companion to practitioners of international development and social work, as well as to anyone interested in childhood in the contemporary world.
Chapter 2: POLICY AND PRACTICE.
Chapter 3: RACE, CLASS AND GENDER.
Chapter 4: CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
Chapter 5: SCHOOL AND WORK.
Chapter 6: CHILDREN AND POLITICS.
Chapter 7: CHILDREN AND YOUTH AT WAR.
Chapter 8: RESCUING CHILDREN AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS.
Journal of Sociology
"In this ambitious but accessible text, Karen Wells analyses the social forces that contribute to the construction of childhood in today's global world. Debunking the conventional view of childhood as a natural phase of human development, this text shows the myriad ways in which children are implicated in the social reproduction of inequalities. This book deserves a wide audience; it is smart and places the sociology of childhood at the centre of contemporary global politics and analysis."
Steven Seidman, author of Contested Knowledge: Social Theory Today
"In this highly readable book, Karen Wells offers a welcome extension of the current debates in childhood studies into a global framework. She makes the big structural issues accessible by engaging with their everyday outcomes for children across the globe."
Allison James, University of Sheffield
"Karen Wells has written an important new book which examines the interplay of local and global factors on children's lives. Drawing on a variety of sources, it is truly interdisciplinary and offers a clear, well-written analysis of major theorists as well as presenting Wells's own exciting new work on representations of childhood. It offers challenging and critical perspectives on children's lives which will be invaluable to students, policy makers and anybody interested in contemporary childhoods."
Heather Montgomery, Open University