RN04 - Sociology of Children and Childhood
Developing critical research on children’s lives and positions in societies and on childhood as a social phenomenon
From a modest start in the 1980s, through increasing empirical and theoretical activity in the 1990s, the sociology of childhood research has become well established internationally. This field of study has developed critical alternatives to mainstream research on children and has generated significant contributions to understanding childhood as a social phenomenon and children’s lives and positions in societies. The importance of children and childhood(s) as topics for sociological study is reflected in a growing community of scholars engaged in theoretical and empirical work in this area across Europe. This includes work looking at children living in times of political change and transition, engagements with understanding childhood as a structural space in societies, and explorations of children’s everyday lives from their own perspective. These areas, together with issues of theorising childhood and methodological developments, will form important foci for the Research Network.
If you would like to be a member of our RN, please email the network coordinators or request to join through our JISC-based mailing list at https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk and search for the list: ESACHILDHOOD
2019-2021 // 2017-2019
- Cath Larkins, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, clarkins[at]uclan.ac.uk
- Daniel Stoecklin, Université de Genève, Switzerland, daniel.stoecklin[at]unige.ch
- Lucía del Moral-Espín, University of Cádiz, Spain, lucia.delmoral[at]uca.es
Period 2015-2017 Coordinators:
- Nigel Thomas, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, NPThomas[at]uclan.ac.uk
- Griet Roets, Ghent University, Belgium (Flanders), Griet.Roets[at]UGent.be
- Maarit Alasuutari (Finland)
- Claudio Baraldi (Italy)
- Tom Cockburn (UK)
- Pascale Garnier (France)
- Vittorio Iervese (Italy)
- Vicky Johnson (UK)
- Cath Larkins (UK)
- Madeleine Leonard (UK)
- Lucia del Moral Espín (Spain)
- Randi Dyblie Nilsen (Norway)
- Ana Nunes de Almeida (Portugal)
- David Oswell (UK)
- Barry Percy-Smith (UK)
- Daniel Stoecklin (Switzerland)
- N. Patrick Thomas (UK)
- Hanne Warming (Denmark)
Advisory board members
- Florian Esser (Germany)
- Jo Moran-Ellis (UK)
- Yannis Pechtelidis (Greece)
- Griet Roets (Belgium)
- Maria Roth (Romania)
- Aleksandra Zalewska-Królak (Poland)
CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD IN EUROPE AND BEYOND: BOUNDARIES, BARRIERS AND BELONGING.
Manchester Metropolitan University
The University of Manchester
The Bridgewater Hall
We invite papers from diverse countries and contexts, building on our network’s core interests and the conference themes: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging. Papers may address children’s experiences, the structuring, construction or transformation of boundaries between adults and children, between adulthoods and childhoods, and between children and social and political spaces. This may include, for example, exploration of refugee experiences, migration policy or borders related to nation, age and other statuses.
Papers may reflect on barriers. How do children (and adults) experience the notion of barriers? What is a barrier? What are children barred from? Can barriers be enabling? What barriers should be removed? This may include explorations of the absence or presence of barriers for children in a symbolic and/or material sense. Papers may engage with children’s experience of and aspirations for belonging. What sense of affiliation, disaffiliation and recognition do children experience in what circumstances? How do symbolic/material worlds, similarities and differentiations, conflicts, boundaries and barriers act upon children? How do children interact with or create these?
Papers may also develop topics previously addressed within our network: Theorising childhood; methodologies; childhood and gender, sexuality, disability, race, ethnicity or religion; children’s rights, citizenship and participation; intergenerational and peer relations in children’s everyday lives; discourses and social constructions of children and childhood; children and migration; children and violence, poverty or (in)justice; children’s work.
We also invite reflection on Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging within our own discipline, in connection to other aspects of sociology and theoretical and empirical engagement with other disciplines.
Joint Session JS_RN04_RN13: “‘In the child’s best interests?’: Global perspectives on parenting culture, family policy and child well-being” (Joint session with RN13 Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives)
More information: https://www.europeansociology.org/about-esa-2019
Sociology of Childhood: Theorising Childhood Engaging with Citizenship, Culture and Context
24-25 May 2018
Instituto de Ciências Sociais - Universidade de Lisboa / University of Lisboa, Portugal
Information: : https://esachildren2018.wordpress.com/
The ESA Research Network RN04, Sociology of Children and Childhood hereby announces a mid-term symposium which will take place in Lisbon (Portugal) from 23rd to 25th May, 2018. This symposium is organized in conjunction with the Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa and the Institute of Education of University of Minho. The symposium continues and articulates the ideas developed during the symposia in Jyväskylä (2012), Modena (2014) and Ghent (2016).
The objective of this symposium is to enhance theoretical understanding of childhood drawing on classical and new directions in sociological theory.
Contributions are invited that take forward the themes of previous symposia: citizenship, rights, responsibilities, participation, status, membership, identity and vulnerability. Contributions are also sought that provide theoretical approaches to understanding children’s engagement with and through cultural processes and cultural products in different contexts (e.g. social, economic, political, organizational, interpersonal, and educational). This includes, for example, theoretical understandings of the economic and cultural mechanisms through which children access or are excluded from, the arts, sports, sciences, education or other aspects of daily life in the current economic and political contexts. It also includes theoretical exploration of how children’s self-expression through, for example, the arts or technology, may enable their participation in public and political life; and, how children’s engagement with cultural products and processes may enable them to transgress the borders of generation, class, gender, ethnicity, age and other axes of inequality.
To strengthen our capacity to theorise within childhood studies the symposium will explore the tensions and synergies between childhood sociology and other theoretical traditions presented, related to, for example, culture and arts, politics and economics, science and sport, architecture and urbanism. We will consider how interdisciplinary connections within sociology and with sociological, cultural, political and economic theory can facilitate a broader sociological understanding of children, childhoods and how childhood studies can contribute a broader understanding of sociology and our social worlds.
Prior to the RN04 symposium a public event will be held to showcase the findings of international research (CUIDAR) that has worked with children to develop a child-centred disaster management framework for Europe and sociological theoretical developments in understanding of cultures of resilience http://cuidarfinale.ics.ulisboa.pt. Participants in the RN04 symposium are welcome to join this event at any time and are encouraged to attend on the evening of May 22nd, when the keynote will be given by Professor Lori Peek of the University of Colorado www.colorado.edu/sociology/lori-peek - details of this event will follow in the New Year.
The two day symposium itself (24-25 May) will be dedicated to paper sessions.
There will be no conference fee for either event.
We therefore invite abstracts from experienced as well as young and precariously employed researchers concerned with the sociology of children and childhood and those from disciplines sensitive to the sociology of childhood. Although presentations and discussions will mainly revolve around theorizing childhood, participants are welcome to discuss theoretical implications of work on childhood for theorizing other streams of sociology.
Presentations can be related to the following areas:
1. Classical sociological theories and new directions in sociological theories of childhood
2. Theoretical concepts of temporality and spatiality in theorising the socio-economic and political contexts childhood
3. Theorisations of cultural processes and citizenship practices (concerned with, for example the arts, sports, sciences, education, food or other aspects of daily life) in current economic and political contexts
4. Theories of rights, inequalities and injustices in childhood
5. Theories of children’s participation in institutional and informal contexts and the role of cultural products and processes.
6. Theorisations around intersections of gender, ethnicity, disability, class, nationality and age applied to children
7. The role of theory in interdisciplinary work on childhood
The number of delegates will be restricted to 30 to enable discussion. The papers will be selected according to relevance to the areas of the symposium.
The symposium will be organised around short papers or provocations, with extensive space for open discussion, focused on different aspects of the relationship between
The venue is ICS-ULisboa (www.ics.ul), one of the Portugal’s leading Social Sciences research units. Located in the ULisboa Campus, ICS has108 qualified researchers, allocated to 7 Research Groups and hosts 9 PhD Programmes (most of them in consortia). ICS cutting-edge methodological approaches bridge a wide range of qualitative and quantitative social sciences methods and promote interdisciplinary cross-fertilization through innovative research design. With the support of this broad community of researchers, this research philosophy informs postgraduate teaching, advanced studies courses, young researchers training and outreach activities.