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Children, Welfare and the State

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October 2002 | 212 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`A good foundation for those intent on further research' - ChildRight

`It is intelligent, lively, clear, and well written' - Professor Hugh Cunningham, University of Kent at Canterbury

`This is an excellent source book which is up-to-date and covers key debates on childhood in an accessible way' - Professor Andy Furlong, University of Glasgow

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the study of `children' and `childhood' within the social sciences. Children, Welfare and the State provides readers with a comprehensive critical introduction to modern childhood studies.

In addition to engaging with the broad theoretical debates within the `new' sociology of childhood and developmental psychology the book:

- Explores key questions in relation to researching childhood, children's agency and social constructionist perspectives;

- Traces historical and contemporary developments in social policy responses to children and childhood;

- Examines the primary sites of state intervention in regulating and shaping children's lives.

- Re-states the primary significance of social class and other structural divisions in understanding children's experiences of childhood;

- Systematically assesses the impact of inequality and poverty on children and childhood.

Children, Welfare and the State has been tailored to appeal to those studying children and childhood within social policy, sociology, psychology, criminology, history, social work and youth and community work courses.


Barry Goldson
Children, Welfare and the State
An Introduction  
Michael Lavalette and Stephen Cunningham
The Sociology of Childhood
Sandy Hobbs
New Sociology and Old Psychology
Jim McKechnie
Children's Voices and Researching Childhood
Tony Novak
Rich Children, Poor Children
Henry Maitles
Children and Education
Inequalities in Our Schools  
Niamh Stack and Jim McKechnie
Working Children
Chris Jones
Children, Class and the Threatening State
Barry Goldson
Children, Crime and the State
Brian Corby
Child Abuse and Child Protection
Deena Haydon and Phil Scraton
Sex Education as Regulation
Stephen Cunningham and Michael Lavalette
Children, Politics and Collective Action
School Strikes in Britain  
Jim McKechnie
Childhood
Themes and Issues  

`A good foundation for those intent on further research' - ChildRight

`It is intelligent, lively, clear, and well written' - Professor Hugh Cunningham, University of Kent at Canterbury

`This is an excellent source book which is up-to-date and covers key debates on childhood in an accessible way' - Professor Andy Furlong, University of Glasgow


Excellent book that works well with foundation degree students. Really useful information that gets to the point. Easy reading to.

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Early Years Dept, Hopwood Hall College
February 14, 2014

This book is an interesting read, but not as relevant to my students as initially thought. A great book for anyone more tightly focused on the relationship between children and the welfare state.

Ms Hazel O brien
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
February 11, 2014

A really useful book for those studying in this area.

Ms Pam Snowball
Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
August 13, 2013

We will be recommending this book for key parts of our Year One course examining the history of schooling and education. The themed chapters make for compelling reading and provide fascinating snapshots of key issues in the role of children and our conceptions of childhood.

Dr Mary Richardson
Education , Roehampton University
September 21, 2011

Highly recommended, this book offers sound grounding in this area, excellent for first and second year students.

Mrs Deirdre Hewitt
Dept of Education, Liverpool Hope University
February 22, 2010

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