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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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(p.239) Twenty-Four Conclusions
Key thinkers in childhood studies

Carmel Smith

Sheila Greene

Policy Press

This chapter summarises the experiences and perspectives of the 22 key thinkers interviewed in the book and contextualises the radical changes in theory and practice that have taken place in the study of children and childhood over the course of the last 30 years. The main themes arising from the thematic analysis of the interviews are reported under three key headings, unifying and discrepant threads are examined, and differences in opinion about how best to address the relationship between children and childhood theoretically and methodologically are addressed. The future of the field of childhood studies is discussed from a number of contrasting perspectives and the challenges facing children and childhood globally are highlighted.

Keywords:   children, childhood, thematic analysis, interviews, experiences, perspectives

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