Theoretical and Methodological Approaches within Childhood Studies

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC53 Sociology of Childhood (host committee)

Language: English

The Epistemological shifts within Theory of Science have resulted in new conceptualizations of childhood and innovative ways of working with children that have informed policies and practices with children at national and global levels. Childhood scholars have provided a number of critical approaches that challenge the conventions in researching and theorizing on children and childhood and have contributed more broadly to sociological analyses of social structure and agency by reworking the concepts of generational difference and power  The growing political and ethical concerns regarding the methodological aspects of researching children have resulted in bringing children to the center of the stage as both research subjects and collaborators. The diversity of research on children and childhood discourses are embracing the global dimension, the importance of children’s cultures, the role of the media, and the changing nature of family relations. Papers that address these theoretical and empirical issues are welcome in this session.
Session Organizer:
Mariam MEYNERT, Member, ISA, Sweden
Lucia RABELLO DE CASTRO, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Oral Presentations
Research with Children: Ethical Issues and Dilemmas of Power
Rachel BERMAN, Ryerson University, Canada; Tiffany BARNIKIS, York University, Canada; Maggie MACNEVIN, Ryerson University, Canada
Child-Led Research: Questioning Knowledge?
Patricio CUEVAS-PARRA, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Kay TISDALL, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Nonviolent Research Methods: Uncovering New Ways of Researching with Children
Diane FARMER, OISE, University of Toronto, Canada; Noah KENNEALLY, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education-University of Toronto, Canada
Intersectionality Mapping, Children’s Agency, and Rebellion Against Parents
Maria SCHMEECKLE, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University, USA; Emma LYNN, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University, USA