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Table of contents (15 chapters)
Construction of Children and Youth as SUBJECTS
Critiquing OBJECTification of Children and Youth
Recognizing Children and Youth as AGENTS
About this book
This textbook showcases innovative approaches to the interdisciplinary field of childhood and youth studies, examining how young people in a wide range of contemporary and historical contexts around the globe live their young lives as subjects, objects, and agents. The diverse contributions examine how children and youth are simultaneously constructed: as individual subjects through social processes and culturally-specific discourses; as objects of policy intervention and other adult power plays; and also as active agents who act on their world and make meaning even amidst conditions of social, political, and economic marginalization. In addition, the book is centrally engaged with questions about how researchers take into consideration children’s and young people’s own conceptions of themselves and how we conceptualize child and youth potentials for agency at different ages and stages of growing up. Each chapter discusses substantive research but also engages in self-reflection about methodology, positionality, and/or disciplinarity, thus making the volume especially useful for teaching.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including childhood studies, youth studies, girls’ studies, development studies, research methods, sociology, anthropology, education, history, geography, public policy, cultural studies, gender and women’s studies and global studies.
- childhood studies
“Each chapter makes a valuable and original contribution to the larger field of childhood and youth studies. Each author speaks with both passion and compassion about issues that too often are ignored or brushed aside. The collection as a whole is truly wonderful, bringing together such a diverse range of methodologies and foci into a cohesive and exciting whole.”
Katherine B. Rosier, Professor of Sociology, Central Michigan University, USA
Editors and Affiliations
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
Deborah Levison, Mary Jo Maynes, Frances Vavrus
About the editors
Deborah Levison is a Professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, USA.
Mary Jo Maynes is a Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, USA.
Frances Vavrus is a Professor in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota, USA.
Book Title: Children and Youth as Subjects, Objects, Agents
Book Subtitle: Innovative Approaches to Research Across Space and Time
Editors: Deborah Levison, Mary Jo Maynes, Frances Vavrus
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-63631-9Published: 16 April 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-63632-6Published: 15 April 2021
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XI, 277
Number of Illustrations: 14 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour