The book furthers theoretical understandings of the sociology of children s health and illness and encourages productive debate amongst a wide audience, including academics, policy makers, and health–care professionals. The collection goes some way to seriously begin the important process of addressing the migration of child health from the margins into mainstream sociology of health and illness.
Notes on contributors vii
1 Connecting a sociology of childhood perspective with the study of child health, illness and wellbeing: introduction 1Geraldine Brady, Pam Lowe and Sonja Olin Lauritzen
2 Where is the child? A discursive exploration of the positioning of children in research on mental health–promoting interventions 13Disa Bergnehr and Karin Zetterqvist Nelson
3 Biologising parenting: neuroscience discourse, English social and public health policy and understandings of the child 27Pam Lowe, Ellie Lee and Jan Macvarish
4 Obesity in question: understandings of body shape, self and normalcy among children in Malta 41Gillian M. Martin
5 You have to do 60 minutes of physical activity per day . . . I saw it on TV : Children s constructions of play in the context of Canadian public health discourse of playing for health. 55Stephanie A. Alexander, Caroline Fusco and Katherine L. Frohlich
6 Parents experiences of diagnostic processes of young children in Norwegian day–care institutions 69Terese Wilhelmsen and Randi Dyblie Nilsen
7 The meaning of a label for teenagers negotiating identity: experiences with autism spectrum disorder 83Lise Mogensen and Jan Mason
8 What am I living with? Growing up with HIV in Uganda and Zimbabwe 98Sarah Bernays, Janet Seeley, Tim Rhodes and Zivai Mupambireyi
9 Food, risk and place: agency and negotiations of young people with food allergy 112Marie–Louise Stjerna
10 Negotiating pain: the joint construction of a child s bodily sensation 126Laura Jenkins
11 Understanding inter–generational relations: the case of health maintenance by children 140Berry Mayall
Pam Lowe is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University. Her research is centred around women s reproductive health, with a particular interest in pregnancy, contraception and parenting.
Sonja Olin Lauritzen is Professor Emerita of Education at Stockholm University. She has a research interest in health surveillance, the construction of normality and parental understandings of child health. She is the editorof Medical Technologies and the Life World; The Social Construction of Normality (with L–C Hydén, 2007).