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“It is refreshing to see a book such as this which is both broad in its conceptualization of the field of child research and deep in its focus. The volume's editors are paragons of awareness when it comes to the need for interdisciplinary research and theory to illuminate the lives and experience of children.”

James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

“Covers a satisfying and unprecedentedly wide range of research relating to childhood. The contributors include many eminent international scholars of childhood, making the book a valuable resource for child researchers. Child advocates will also find the book to be invaluable in their efforts to improve children's well-being, and to change policies and practices for the better.”

Anne Smith, University of Otago

“A really scintillating collection that will provide ...

Children in Exceptional Circumstances
Children in exceptional circumstances

Children live in a vast range of different circumstances that are distinguished by their racial and cultural identity, their physical and social settings, and their own characteristics and experiences. As Frønes (1993: 1) pointed out, ‘There is not one childhood, but many, formed at the intersection of different cultural, social and economic systems, natural and man-made physical environments'. The particular historical, cultural, and social context in which children live their lives means that they experience an enormous diversity of circumstances with a range of opportunities, risks, and resources. The chapters in this section of the handbook deal with some particular circumstances defined, but not limited by, children's ethnicity, sexuality, disabilities, and by particular experiences that include changes in ...

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