A Diversity of Childhoods: Considering the Looked After Childhood
This chapter centres on the lives of disabled children and ‘Looked After Children’, many of whom are disabled.
We ask: Can disabled children’s childhood studies (DCCS) be useful towards thinking about other forms of non-normative childhood?
We focus on three areas: (i) surveillance and intimacy; (ii) pathology and psychologisation; and (iii) vulnerability and future.
We conclude that DCCS offers new perspectives on the lives of Looked After Children and that it is a framework that can be used to think through other ‘non-normative’ childhoods.
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