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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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Priscilla Alderson

Priscilla Alderson

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Key thinkers in childhood studies

Carmel Smith

Sheila Greene

Policy Press

In this interview Professor Priscilla Alderson offers a personal overview of her research career which has resulted in ground-breaking research and over 300 publications in areas such as children’s rights, ethics and health. She explains that fundamental to her approach is to see research as a human-human relationship and to question any age stereotyping in the ways in which researchers position and engage with children in research contexts. In terms of the future of the field of childhood studies, she makes a strong case for critical realism as an inclusive interdisciplinary approach, where both macro approaches focusing on childhood and micro approaches focusing on children and diversity, can be accommodated.

Keywords:   children, children’s rights, children’s health, ethics, age stereotyping, critical realism, interdisciplinary

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