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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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Erica Burman

Erica Burman

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(p.39) Four Erica Burman
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Key thinkers in childhood studies
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Carmel Smith

Sheila Greene

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308072.003.0004

In this interview Professor Erica Burman reflects on her career as a critical developmental psychologist and group analyst. She emphasises that dominant mainstream Anglo-US psychology is only one of the psychologies that can be drawn upon and mobilised as a resource in childhood studies and believes that it is naïve to think that Psychology is any more problematic that any other discipline. She cautions that just as the category ‘woman’ came to be challenged in Women’s Studies for instituting or justifying certain normalisations and corresponding exclusions around the prototypical woman, there is a danger that this could happen with the categories of ‘child’ and ‘children’. She argues that the debates about intersectionality that have come to preoccupy gender/feminist theory and research are therefore highly relevant to the field of childhood studies.

Keywords:   critical developmental psychologist, group analyst, Psychology, mainstream psychology, psychologies, Women’s Studies, childhood studies, gender/feminist theory, intersectionality

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