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  1. Week 1 - Interdisciplinary Childhood Studies 1 item
  2. Week 2 - Contingent: The Importance of Time, Place & Movement 1 item
  3. Week 3 - Measured: Ways of knowing childhood 1 item
    1. Governing the Soul - Nikolas S. Rose May 1, 1999 (Hardcover)

      Book Essential Please read chapter 12 'The gaze of the psychologist'.

  4. Week 4 - Imagined: The figure of the child and what it does for us 2 items
    1. The queer child, or growing sideways in the twentieth century - Kathryn Bond Stockton 2009

      Book Essential Please read chapter 1 'Introduction'

  5. Week 5 - Governed: Regulation, protection and the production of the child 1 item
  6. Week 6 - Reading week 0 items
    No set reading. Please use for independent study.
  7. Week 7 - Gender and sex 1 item
  8. Week 8 - Working children: The complex nature of child work 2 items
    1. Origins and Outcomes of Judgments about Work - Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson 2011

      Article Essential

  9. Week 9 - Emotions and relationships 1 item
    1. Introducing child psychology - H. Rudolph Schaffer 2004

      Book Essential Please read chapters 1 and 2

  10. Week 10 - Consumption 4 items
    1. The material child: growing up in consumer culture - David Buckingham 2011

      Book Essential Please read chapter 1 'Exploited or empowered?'

    2. Seminar readings 3 items
      You will be assigned one of the following readings in groups for the seminar discussions. Please come prepared with notes to discuss the reading you've been assigned. This is in addition to the key reading.
      1. Too much, too soon? Children, ‘sexualization’ and consumer culture - Sara Bragg, David Buckingham, Rachel Russell, Rebekah Willett 08/2011

        Article Essential

  11. Week 11 - Childhood publics 2 items
    1. Publics and counterpublics - Michael Warner 2005

      Book Essential Please read Chapter 1

  12. Week 12 - Module review 0 items
    No set reading
  13. Suggested readings 9 items
    To help introduce you to the theoretical and conceptual background of childhood and youth studies, the following annotated reading list has been put together by the course team. You won't be expected to have read all of the texts on this reading list in preparation for this module, however if childhood and youth studies is a new area for you these texts can provide a useful introduction to some of the academic language and ideas regularly used on this course.
    1. Overviews 5 items
      1. Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood: Contemporary issues in the sociological study of childhood (Routledge Education Classic Edition) 9 Oct. 2014

        Book Optional Considered one of the founding texts of sociological childhood studies, this edited collection introduces key concepts around children's agency, being/becoming and the social construction of childhood. Chapter 1 is particularly recommended.

      2. Childhood in a global perspective - Karen C. Wells 2014

        Book Optional A useful overview of recent research across a range of key topics in childhood studies (including family, rights, schooling and work) from an international research perspective.

      3. Keywords in youth studies: tracing affects, movements, knowledges - Nancy Lesko, Susan Talburt 2012

        Book Optional A useful introduction to interdisciplinary youth studies, with each chapter providing a detailed critical discussion of a key word or concept (e.g. sexuality, homelessness, activism.)

      4. Understanding youth: perspectives, identities and practices - Open University 2007

        Book Optional This edited collection provides another useful introduction to youth studies. The first three chapters introduce different perspectives on studying youth.

      5. The future of childhood - Alan Prout 2004

        Book Optional Written by one of the original authors of Constructing and reconstructing childhood (above), this book introduces debates about the direction of childhood studies in relation to the social/biological and local/global, and the challenges of interdisciplinarity.

    2. Discussions on key debates 4 items
      1. What’s in a number? Unsettling the boundaries of age - Virginia Morrow 05/2013

        Article Optional A short paper that reflects on the Western definitional boundaries of 'childhood' and 'youth' in a global world.

      2. Disciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and childhood studies - Leena Alanen 11/2012

        Article Optional A short paper that reflects on the different barriers that have impeded researchers' attempts to realise an 'interdisciplinary' childhood studies.

      3. Reconceptualizing the ‘nature’ of childhood - Affrica Taylor 11/2011

        Article Optional This paper reflects on nature/culture dualism within childhood studies and how it has shaped understanding of what a child 'is'.

      4. Competition or integration? The next step in childhood studies? - Adrian L. James 11/2010

        Article Optional This article looks at the debates and tensions in the interdisciplinary field of childhood studies and proposes different ways that childhood studies might evolve over the coming years.

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