History & Critique: What to Make of Child-Saving Discourse?

Ep1: What to Make of Child-Saving Discourse? 
by Patrick Ryan

Childhood: History & Critique is a bi-weekly series of interviews and commentaries on the historical study of childhood offered by Patrick J. Ryan for the Society for the History of Children and Youth.

Episode 1 – “What to Make of Child-Saving Discourse?” is available online at:
Continue reading

Photo of Playing children in Mongolia.

PhD Project in Children’s Geographies University of Otago

Applications are invited from potential applicants with an interest in the topic:  Children, families and belonging in an urbanising world commencing in 2014 

Supervisors: Dr Christina Ergler & Associate Professor Claire Freeman (Department of Geography, University of Otago, New Zealand)

We are seeking a student willing to embark on a PhD and interested in working on a mixed-methods project on ‘Place attachment and social connection in urbanising societies’. Whilst place attachment is an area that is of established interest to geographers the role of children in forging place attachment for families is less well understood (Weller & Bruegel, 2009, Gordon, 2012).  Continue reading

Photo of Kids on the Beach.

Children and Childhoods Conference – UK

Children and Childhoods Conference 2015

July 14-15, 2015
University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, UK
Hosted by
Unit for the Study of Children and Childhoods, UCS

We are excited to announce that the call for papers for our biennial international Children and Childhoods Conference is open. We invite papers that theoretically and empirically engage with a broad range of disciplines reflecting the diverse nature of contemporary childhood studies. Continue reading

New titles on children, young people and families

​Edited by Guðný Björk Eydal and​ Tine Rostgaard​
In this topical book, expert scholars from the Nordic countries, the UK and the US demonstrate how modern fatherhood is supported in Nordic countries through family and social policies, and how these shape and influence the images, roles and practices of fathers in a diversity of family settings and variations of fatherhoods.

Continue reading

New Release: Child Domestic Work in Nigeria

Child Domestic Work in Nigeria: Conditions of Socialisation and Measures of Intervention

by Ina Gankam Tambo

Historisch-vergleichende Sozialisations- und Bildungsforschung, Band 13, 2014, 384 Seiten, broschiert, € 39,90, ISBN 978-3-8309-3141-6, E-Book: € 35,99, ISBN 978-3-8309-8141-1; New York & Münster: Waxmann-Verlag.

For the last two decades, child domestic work carried out in Nigeria as well as in other countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, has been given increasing attention by international policy makers and scientists. Yet, the research mainly focuses on the living and working conditions of these children, which also forms part of this book. However, in addition, political and pedagogical measures of intervention employed on international, national and local levels on child domestic work are also at the centre of analysis. Against the background of post-colonial theory the author studies the effects of social modernisation in Nigeria as a rapidly growing national economy on child domestic work and historically
retraces the origins of this form of child work back to indigenous modes of socialisation and social security within the (pre-colonial) Nigerian extended family network. The research is based on field work in Nigeria, including interviews and documentary analysis.

Continue reading