Outlining sociology’s distinctive contribution to childhood studies and our understanding of contemporary children and childhood, The Sociology of Children provides a thought provoking and comprehensive account of the connections between the macro worlds of childhood and the micro worlds of children’s everyday lives. Examining children’s involvement in areas such as the labour market, family life, education, play and leisure, the book provides an effective balance between understanding childhood as a structural phenomenon, and recognising children as meaning makers actively involved in constructing, co-constructing and reconstructing their everyday lives. Through the concept of ‘generagency’ Madeleine Leonard offers a model for examining and illuminating how structure and agency are activated within interdependent relationships influenced by generational positioning. This framework provides a conceptual tool for thinking about the continuities, challenges and changes that impact on how childhood is lived and experienced.
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Becoming and Being: Developments in the Sociology of Childhood
- Chapter 3: Macro Childhoods: Prioritising Structure
- Chapter 4: Micro Childhoods: Prioritising Agency
- Chapter 5: From Rights to Citizenship: Transformations and Constraints
- Chapter 6: Bridging Structure and Agency: Bringing in Inter- and Intra-generagency
- Chapter 7: Conclusions: Blurred Boundaries