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Key thinkers in childhood studies$
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Carmel Smith and Sheila Greene

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308072

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308072.001.0001

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Robbie Gilligan

Robbie Gilligan

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Key thinkers in childhood studies

Carmel Smith

Sheila Greene

Policy Press

Professor Gilligan reflects on his social work training and background and discusses how this has influenced his approach to understanding children and childhood in a global context. He emphasises that the majority of children live in majority world countries and believes that the realities, experiences and positive and negative aspects of those children’s lives are not adequately addressed in the current childhood studies literature and debates. He argues that if the field of childhood studies is to continue to thrive then it must broaden its base beyond the present concentration of white scholars from privileged backgrounds in the minority world and cultivate research expertise in majority world contexts, by the inclusion of a wider representation of global scholars.

Keywords:   social work, majority world, childhood studies, children, childhood, research, white scholars, global scholars

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