Local Childhoods, Global Issues

Second Edition

Edited by Heather Montgomery

Edited by Heather Montgomery

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

299 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 | © 2013
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781447305835 Published June 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Although the current plight of children in many parts of the world can leave us with a grim outlook on the future, there are still many positive indicators of a better future for all. Local Childhoods, Global Issues is an interdisciplinary textbook that examines children’s lives across the world, exploring the great differences—and similarities—between childhood experiences across different cultural contexts.
 
The contributors consider the problems caused by poverty, social inequality, ill health, and violence, but they emphasize that these are challenges for children everywhere—not just those in the poorer countries of the world. They look at how children use their own resources and coping strategies and the sense of agency that results, arguing that in fact very few children are passive victims helplessly awaiting rescue. The contributors prominently feature interviews that highlight the direct perspectives of children themselves.
Dr Karen Wells, Birkbeck, University of London

"Local Childhoods, Global Issues is a fascinating and accessible book that recognises children's resilience, competency and agency and the importance of child welfare to global and national politics."

Professor Jo Boyden, University of Oxford

“This is an indispensable book for anyone interested in contemporary international childhoods. Beautifully presented and clearly written, it offers a compelling and realistic portrait of children’s lives and the many challenges they face across the globe.”

Contents
Series preface
Contributors
Introduction
      Heather Montgomery

1. Interventions and ideologies
      Heather Montgomery
2. Children, poverty and social inequality
      Heather Montgomery
3. Achieving health for children
      Catherine Panter-Brick
4. Children and violence
      Heather Montgomery
5. Resilience and well-being
      Samantha Punch
6. Research on childhood issues as social problems
      Martyn Hammersley

Acknowledgements
Index
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