Challenges to the Sociology of Childhood - Marginal and Interdisciplinary Knowledge on Childhood

Monday, 11 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Übungsraum 4A KS (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC53 Sociology of Childhood (host committee)

Language: English

Sociology of Childhood has developed a set of concepts (e.g. generational order, children as actors, children’s life worlds) and methodologies to analyze classic problems of sociology, i.e. social inequality, social order, and social change. With a focus on children as members of society, it both attracted other disciplines and rejected knowledge from outside concerning children. But researchers often enter discursive fields with members of other sciences on childhood/children, e.g. Developmental Psychology, Pedagogy, Social Work, or Criminology, or use insights and theories in their own work. 
The session’s aim is to make those interdisciplinary relationships visible. Papers are invited to deal with the following questions: 

  • What kind of external knowledge do sociologists of childhood apply in their own work and what epistemological, methodological and theoretical problems do such applications entail? 
  • To what extent does external scientific knowledge inform research in the field of Sociology of Childhood or help in solving conceptual problems? 
  • How do other scientific traditions in Childhood Studies apply stocks of knowledge developed by Sociology of Childhood? To what extent, in response to what kind of problems and in which style? 
  • What relevance is given to the Sociology of Childhood in the field of Childhood Studies and how can we evaluate such relevance?
Session Organizer:
Lars ALBERTH, University of Wuppertal, Germany
Childhood in the Network Society: Bridging Communication and Childhood Studies
Tiago LAPA, ISCTE-IUL Avenida das Forças Armadas, Lisboa – Portugal, VAT Nº PT 501510184, Portugal
Re-Doing Generation By Un-Doing Gender: On the Absence of Gender Studies in Childhood Studies
Sabina SCHUTTER, German Youth Institute, Germany; Anna BUSCHMEYER, German Youth Institute, Germany
Childhood and Parenthood: Conceptualizing As Social Construction or Social Process?
Désirée WATERSTRADT, University of Education Karlsruhe, Germany
Narratives of Memories As a Way of Changing Children's Future
Claudio BARALDI, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy; Vittorio IERVESE, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy