Key Concepts in Childhood Studies
- Allison James - University of Sheffield, UK
- Adrian James - University of Sheffield, UK
SAGE Key Concepts series
Early Childhood Education | Social Work - Children | Sociology of Childhood
"Arranged alphabetically, core ideas about 'Agency' and 'Development' through to 'Socialisation' and 'Youth' are explained in straightforward language, with a concise introduction to key theoretical debates, as well as up to date references."
- Martin Woodhead, The Open University
"A challenging text that is recommended for all levels of the BA in Childhood Studies programme. The short, focussed chapters provide students with a comprehensive overview of a topic which they can then research in further depth."
- Sharron Galley, Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
"This book gives a fantastic first look at many key concepts which are new to students in a way that is easily approachable and understandable. A great place to start further studies."
- Kathryn Peckham, Chichester University
The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.
Once again, James and James have produced a book which will define Childhood Studies in the coming years. This is an essential book for everyone interested in this rapidly expanding field and offers a series of short, in-depth, introductory essays which provide invaluable starting points for further exploration. Indispensible to anyone interested in studying childhood.
Reader in the Anthropology of Childhood at The Open University
Scholars and students will welcome this updated edition of a definitive introductory text by two of the world's leading authorities in Childhood Studies. Key Concepts provides insightful and challenging discussions of some of the major themes and issues in this burgeoning field.
Allison and Adrian James have been amongst the pioneers who established Childhood Studies as a cross-disciplinary field relevant to all who carry out research or work with children and young people.
They are in a unique position to introduce the diverse, and in some cases overlapping and ambiguous concepts that are an inevitable, and also a healthy consequence of crossing disciplinary boundaries...
Arranged alphabetically, core ideas about "Agency" and "Development" through to "Socialisation" and "Youth" are explained in straightforward language, with a concise introduction to key theoretical debates, as well as up to date references...
This second edition is a welcome addition to the bookshelf, offering an even more comprehensive and up to date guide, which will be an essential resource for established researchers and novice students alike.
The Open University
Key concepts clearly and succinctly explained; a reference book for students on this programme.
A useful text to support continued research into key aspects
I found this text to be a really useful introduction to Childhood Studies. The book is informative, clearly establishing the key concepts but also thought provoking; identifying the complexities that surround this discipline. The suggestions for further reading were much appreciated, too.
Our first year students struggle not only with new ideas but with the terminology of ideas, concepts, discourses. This book will now be essential reading for all students on the BA Childhood Studies, and we hope it will be their close companion througout their degree course. It is an excellent 'go to dictionary of ideas' for childhood studies students.
Very useful in explaining all the important key concepts, highlighting which topics interrelate with others, and providing a good basis for future reading.
A really good guide for the various aspects and concepts in Childhood Studies. Key information all at hand - very easy to follow and find the details one is looking for. Very useful as a tool for anyone studying in the Childhood field
This is a very good book providing easy access to key ideas in childhood studies. It is good as an adjunct and ready reference rather than a core text.
A great introduction / reference text for key concepts.
A challenging text that is recommended for all levels of the BA in Childhood Studies programme.
The short, focussed chapters provide students with a comprehensive overview of a topic which they can then research in further depth.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Key Concepts in Childhood Studies: Age and Maturity
Key Concepts in Childhood Studies: Childhood