Key Thinkers in Childhood Studies

Reflections on the Making of a Field

Carmel Smith and Sheila Greene

Key Thinkers in Childhood Studies

Carmel Smith and Sheila Greene

Distributed for Bristol University Press

304 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447308065 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $126.00 ISBN: 9781447308072 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
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 thirty years. Drawing on in-depth interviews with twenty-two high profile pioneers in the subject—who together represent a range of disciplines and regions—Carmel Smith and Sheila Greene share a wealth of experiences in this innovative field. The authors and interviewees 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. The result is an innovative look at the ways we think about and care for our children.


Interview with Professor Leena Alanen

Interview with Professor Priscilla Alderson

Interview with Professor Erica Burman

Interview with Professor Pia Christensen

Interview with Professor Daniel Thomas Cook

Interview with Professor William A. Corsaro

Interview with Dr Judith Ennew

Interview with Professor Ivar Frønes

Interview with Professor Robbie Gilligan

Interview with Professor Roger Hart

Interview with Dr Harry Hendrick

Interview with Professor Allison James

Interview with Professor Mary Kellett

Interview with Professor Berry Mayall

Interview with Professor Peter Moss

Interview with Professor Alan Prout

Interview with Professor Jens Qvortrup

Interview with Professor Irene Rizzini

Interview with Professor Annie G. Rogers

Interview with Professor Nigel Thomas

Interview with Professor Barrie Thorne

Interview with Professor Martin Woodhead


Review Quotes
R. Elrod, University of Florida | Choice
“What is childhood studies? Even established professionals in the field disagree as to what should define this area of study. Depending on the main discipline of an expert one consults, the answers can vary greatly. Smith and Greene provide an interdisciplinary look at this field, based on interviews with twenty-two professionals who have played a significant role in its development. The interviews provide insights from these individuals’ perspectives on the past, present, and future importance of childhood studies. . . . Recommended.”
Children’s Geographies
“A fascinating, thought-provoking, and considered resource.”
John Wall | Rutgers University, Camden
“Through beautifully crafted interviews with many of the field’s leading lights, this book offers a rich and deeply informative conversation about the origins and future of the new paradigm of childhood studies. Both newcomers and longtime practitioners will leave these pages invigorated and inspired.”
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