Handbook of Children and Youth Studies

Editors: Wyn, Johanna, Cahill, Helen (Eds.)

  • Discusses the scientific debates on the boundaries between childhood, youth and adulthood
  • Recognizes the changing social context of the lives of children and young people
  • Takes a themed approach in discussing the international perspectives and different conceptual approaches
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This handbook gives a new scientific perspective to youth and childhood studies as multi scientific and interdisciplinary subjects which as such have not yet found their own framing in a particular discipline. It provides theoretical and methodological key debates and issues that develop and add an understanding of childhood and youth research discipline from a broader perspective. The Handbook on Children and Youth Studies draws on current thinking, but also challenges theoretical and conceptual orthodoxies in the field, drawing on interdisciplinary thinking and critical perspectives. It focuses on childhood and youth to address the emerging consensus that the boundaries between childhood, youth and adulthood are blurred. The view that defining youth and childhood largely in terms of problem topics is out dated. Instead, the handbook focuses on 13 themes that are open to international perspectives and to different conceptual approaches. Each theme is edited by a pair of field editors, thereby capturing a plurality of views. The 13 themes as a starting point are globally timely and they need scientific debates on the boundaries between childhoods, youth and adulthood. This handbook will meet the needs of childhood and youth researchers and the academics in the field. It recognizes the changing social context of the lives of children and young people, while developing theoretical frameworks and discussing about the core substantive issues of Children and Youth Studies.

About the authors

Professor Johanna Wyn is director of the Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne, in Australia. She specializes in longitudinal research on young people, documenting their transitions across the dimensions of education, work, well-being, relationships and family life. Prof. Wyn’s research is policy-focused and she is interested in developing new research and policy approaches to chronic patterns of disadvantage amongst youth. Her other areas of interest include gender, social policy and identity.

Associate Professor Helen Cahill is the deputy director of the Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne, in Australia. She teaches in the Master of Education and the Master of Teaching programs, coordinating subjects which address youth well-being. Associate Prof. Cahill specializes in the use of participatory methods in research, education and community development projects and has a special interest in the use of drama as a tool in participatory research and transformative education and in projects which position young people as active agents.

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Table of contents (64 chapters)

  • Thinking About Childhood and Youth

    Wyn, Johanna

    Pages 3-20

  • Deconstructing Discourses to Rupture Fairytales of the “Ideal” Childhood

    Smith, Kylie

    Pages 21-33

  • The Promises of Empowered Girls

    Lesko, Nancy (et al.)

    Pages 35-48

  • Thinking About Children: How Does It Influence Policy and Practice?

    Taylor, Nicola (et al.)

    Pages 49-62

  • The Politics of Non-belonging in the Developing World

    Everatt, David

    Pages 63-78

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of Children and Youth Studies
Editors
  • Johanna Wyn
  • Helen Cahill
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eReference ISBN
978-981-4451-15-4
Print + eBook ISBN
978-981-4451-16-1
Print ISBN
978-981-4451-14-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 927
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour
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