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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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Berry Mayall

Berry Mayall

(p.149) Fifteen Berry Mayall
Key thinkers in childhood studies

Carmel Smith

Sheila Greene

Policy Press

In this interview Professor Berry Mayall offers an overview of her background and research career which has resulted in groundbreaking work and over 50 publications. She explains that she approaches childhood from a structural perspective whereby children’s lives are seen to be affected by large-scale forces and children are considered as contributors to the division of labour. Her personal approach to childhood research is to interact with children as people with valuable insights and experiences which can inform ways of thinking about policies for children. She highlights the relevance of feminism to her work and questions why the parallels between Women’s Studies and childhood studies have not been explored more fully in the childhood studies literature.

Keywords:   childhood, structural, large-scale, division of labour, children as people, feminism, Women’s Studies, childhood studies

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