Childhood and Transgression

  • Chris Jenks


This chapter is a piece of social theory inspired by the challenges that children present to the social order. Educational psychology and pedagogic theory more generally have, over the past three decades, proliferated categories of childhood pathology. In turn the vocabularies of parenting have assumed a much broader range of accounts that seek to mitigate for any perceived gap between actual child behaviour and desired or ‘ideal’ child behaviour. Now it may be that our children are becoming increasingly complex as we enter the twenty-first century or, more likely, we are becoming more complex in the way that we understand and articulate identity and difference. Whatever, the starting point of this chapter is the proposition that pathology, difference and transgression are things that children do and as social theorists we must attend to the messages encoded in such behaviour.


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