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Sociologists' TalesContemporary narratives on sociological thought and practice$
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Katherine Twamley, Mark Doidge, and Andrea Scott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318668

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318668.001.0001

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A long haul

A long haul

(p.181) Twenty-One A long haul
Sociologists' Tales

Berry Mayall

Policy Press

This chapter charts a journey through education, motherhood, and research towards sociological understandings of childhood. It points to the long history of twentieth century changes towards approaches to childhood that draw on social constructionism, and to the attempts by scholars to re-think childhood as a structural component of society. The contribution of child standpoints to understandings, through exploration of their experiential knowledge, is discussed.

Keywords:   Childhood, social constructionism, structural approaches, experiential knowledge

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