Integrating key theories from a range of disciplines, Karen Wells provides a set of analytical tools to explore how culture, society, politics and economics shape childhood and children′s lives. She explains how childhood is not only culturally shaped, but also formed at the intersection of politics and economics. At this intersection between governing practices and the affordances of children′s bodies, young subjects are made.Childhood Studies will be essential reading for students and scholars in childhood and youth studies and related disciplines, and for anyone who wants to understand the impacts of social inequality on children and what it means to be a child in the contemporary world.
- 1 Making young subjects
- 2 The disciplines
- 3 Governing through race, governing through childhood
- 4 Policing gender
- 5 Class discrimination in childhood
- 6 Disability in Childhood Studies
- 7 Children’s bodies matter
- 8 Development psychology and Social Identity Theory
- 9 Consuming childhoods
- 10 Conclusion
Sarada Balagopalan, Rutgers University
"This original and provocative book has the potential to shift several key paradigms within Childhood Studies and set the agenda for future debates. Focusing on the interplay between the biological and the social, the book offers new and challenging ways of theorizing childhoods."
Heather Montgomery, The Open University