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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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Alan Prout

Alan Prout

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Key thinkers in childhood studies

Carmel Smith

Sheila Greene

Policy Press

Professor Alan Prout is internationally recognised as one of the UK pioneers of the new sociological paradigm for the study of children and childhood which emerged in the early 1990s. In this interview he describes several key moments in his career and the people and ideas that have been particularly influential in his thinking. He explains that the complexity of childhood makes it ripe for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work - it is social but also psychological; cultural but also natural; about history but also about evolution. He argues that all of these elements are highly relevant to the study of children and childhood and emphasises that childhood issues must be connected to the broader debates currently taking place about the major crises facing human beings as a species.

Keywords:   sociological paradigm, children, childhood, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, social, psychological, cultural, natural, evolution

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