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Age Order and Children´s Agency
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Society, Diversity, Identity.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3596-4809
Sociologiska institutionen Uppsala universitet.
2007 (English)In: Childhood, Generational Order and the Welfare State:Exploring Children´s Social and Economic Welfare / [ed] Helmut Wintersberger ., Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark , 2007, 225-249 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

So far, research on the welfare state has usually neglected children and childhood. In the rare attempts to include childhood in welfare state analysis, too much emphasis was placed on children as future adults. However, only a full recognition of children as human beings and citizens here and now are compatible with new social studies of childhood as well as children's rights discourses. Thus the conceptual integration of children and childhood in the welfare state is still an open question. This book closes the gap by offering the concept of generational order as theoretical tool to both childhood and welfare state research. In analogy to gender analysis, this concept is an adequate tool in providing visibility to the adult bias of traditional welfare state theories and practices. The book includes contributors from ten predominantly European countries, exploring issues of children's social and economic welfare, such as child poverty in a theoretical, methodological, and practical perspective. Together with the companion volume below — Flexible Childhood, also by the University Press of Southern Denmark — this book is the final result of COST Action A19, Children's Welfare, which has been supported by the European COST Framework.

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Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark , 2007. 225-249 p.
, COST A19: Children's welfare, 1
Keyword [en]
childhood studies_agency_structure_doing age_life phase
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-38212Local ID: 42765ISBN: 978-87-7674-201-0ISBN: 877-67-4201-6OAI: diva2:259061
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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