Global Childhoods: Issues and Debates


Kate Cregan & Denise Cuthbert

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    For Mabel and Olive

    For Tim

    About the Authors

    Kate Cregan is the author of Sociology of the Body (2006), The Theatre of the Body (2009) and Key Concepts in Body and Society (2012). The majority of her writing and research is on understandings of embodiment across time, space and cultures, with particular reference to medical interpretations of the body, medical technologies and the representation of the body in images. She has two allied research interests, in ethics (human, social and research) and how the praxis of becoming a writer informs the process of becoming a researcher. She has extensive experience teaching and researching in the humanities and social sciences, including teaching ethics to medical students. Currently, she is co-ordinator and senior lecturer of the interdisciplinary Graduate Researchers in Print (GRiP) programs in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University and is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Graduate Research at RMIT University.

    Denise Cuthbert has published extensively on children and children's issues in the fields of adoption, child removal and child placement. With Marian Quartly and Shurlee Swain, she is the co-author of The Market in Babies: Stories of Adoption in Australia (2013); and with Ceridwen Spark edited Other People's Children: Adoption in Australia (2009). Her research has investigated Indigenous child removal, intercountry adoption, adoption policy and practice, the management of children in disasters, and child abuse in Malaysia. It appears in leading journals including Social Policy and Society, International Social Welfare, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Journal of Historical Sociology and many others. Currently she is the Dean of the School of Graduate Research at RMIT University. Related to this role, she maintains an active research and publication program in higher education policy, pedagogy and practice.


    The authors’ primary thanks go to the editor, Chris Rojek, and to the editorial assistants who saw this book through from beginning to end: Jai Seaman, Martine Jonsrud and Gemma Shields. They would also like to thank the people who, directly or indirectly, supported the completion of the manuscript. Special thanks are owed to Kay Dreyfus who offered expert assistance in pulling the final manuscript together.

    Kate's sincere thanks are extended to the 2010 students of Global Childhoods; all those at Mixed Business (especially Lauren, Tom, Lauren, Erin and Ash); John Waugh; Camille and Rebecca Robinson; and of course her co-author Denise Cuthbert, all of whom actively sustained her through the long process of writing the book. In particular, Kate acknowledges the extraordinary generosity, friendship and support of Professor Tomi Kushner of the University of California, Berkeley and Professor Doris Schroder of UCLAN, respectively editor-in-chief and section editor of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, the journal in which Kate first worked through ideas that appear in their final form in Chapter 9.

    Denise wishes to acknowledge Professor Daine Alcorn, formerly Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation at RMIT for her support for the research and writing of this book. Thanks are also extended to her excellent colleagues in the School of Graduate Research at RMIT for generously making allowances for her to write which on occasion added extra work and responsibilities to their loads. Denise's ideas on children and childhood were challenged and informed through several research collaborations: first, with Professors Marian Quartly and Shurlee Swain who were co-investigators on the Australian Research Council funded History of Adoption in Australia project; second, with Ceridwen Spark and Patricia Fronek; and thirdly, with Yarina Ahmad, whose doctoral work on child abuse in Malaysia informs the Malaysian case study in Chapter 3, and Sara Niner. Ideas developed in this book owe much to this earlier work and these wonderful colleagues. Thanks are also owed to her co-author, Kate Cregan; and, finally, Tim North for his love, support and willingness to pick up the slack while the book was being completed.

    The authors and publishers would like to express their thanks for the following permissions:

    Cregan, K. (2013) ‘“Who Do You Think You Are?”: Childhood and Identity in Australian Healthcare Ethics’, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 22 (3): 232–37. Copyright © 2013 Cambridge University Press. Reprinted with permission.

    Cregan, K. (2014) ‘Sex Definitions and Gender Practices: An Update from Australia’, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 23 (3): in press. Copyright © 2014 Cambridge University Press. Reprinted with permission.

    List of Abbreviations and Acronyms

    • ACERWC African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
    • ACRWC African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
    • ADF Australian Defence Force
    • AI Artificial Insemination
    • AIHW Australian Institute for Health and Welfare
    • ARTs Assisted Reproductive Technologies
    • ASPCA American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
    • BMIs Body Mass Indices
    • CAAFAG Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups
    • CHH Child Headed Households
    • DDR Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration
    • ECCE early childhood care and education
    • FGM Female Genital Mutilation
    • GD Gender Dysphoria
    • GDRC Geneva Declaration on the Rights of the Child
    • GID Gender Identity Disorder
    • HIC High-Income Country
    • HIV/AIDS Human Immunodeficiency Virus/ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
    • HREOC Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (Australia)
    • ICA Inter-country Adoption
    • ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross
    • ILO International Labour Organization
    • IVF In Vitro Fertilisation
    • LIC Low-Income Country
    • MDGs Millennial Development Goals
    • MIC Middle-Income Country
    • NYSPCA New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
    • NYSPCC New York Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children
    • OECD Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation
    • PID preimplantation diagnostic screening
    • PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • RSPCA Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals
    • SCAN Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (Malaysia)
    • STIs Sexually Transmitted Infections
    • UHMs Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors
    • UN United Nations
    • UNCRC United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
    • UNDRC United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child
    • UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
    • UNICEF United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
    • UNUDHR United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    • WB World Bank
    • WHO World Health Organization
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