Good Childhood – Good Future World? Global Programs and the Sociology of Childhood
Childhood sociologists are openly in favor of this second line to improve childhood and this goes along with the concept of “child as actor” which has a central theoretical and advocatory function in this scientific community. Meanwhile, they keep distance to the mighty intergovernmental organization and well-funded research institutions implementing the first line of development. Such preferences are even mirrored in the respective research methodology.
However, when the impacts of both lines are scrutinized, it is not that conclusive which one should be favored: both may occasionally reduce inequality, but as well produce exclusion and stigmatization in other cases. For a better analysis of impacts and biases apologists of both lines – divided by institutional and disciplinary boundaries – should start to exchange