We study children’s and young people’s lives, conditions and agency in various social and cultural contexts, and through investigating the legislation and policy that regulate and circumscribe children. Through our interdisciplinary profile and our critical perspective, we contribute to renew and re-think research about children and childhood, both in Sweden and abroad.
Critical Child StudiesWith our research we aim to question taken for granted values and norms of children and childhood. We accomplish this by conducting empirical studies, by creating understanding of or proposing political changes for children. Right from the start, when Child Studies was established in the 1980s, a critical approach was central for how the research questions were formulated. During the 2000s did we establish the concept “critical child studies” as a vision. Today Child Studies gives courses in critical child studies for doctoral students, and the critical approach is fundamental to the courses given on our international online master’s programme. Moreover, we conduct critical research on children and childhood, and put emphasis on questioning scientific theories that have become accepted and taken for granted within child and childhood research.
Child Studies 30 years: new perspectives, new pathwaysIn 2018, Child Studies celebrated 30 years of research drawing on a continuous flow of research topics and matters. With 60 completed theses about children and young people in practice and politics, and after several major research projects, we have established a critical approach to research on children and childhood. And we continue to ask how to think differently about children’s worlds.
A venue for child and youth researchers
Our research is characterised by its interdisciplinary approach by, for example combining theories and methods from the social sciences and humanities. With 30 years of research experiences behind us Child Studies has become and still is a unique research environment focusing on the life conditions of children in multiple settings.
It is a privilege to be a whole unit of researchers with a shared interest in children and childhood and makes us and important venue for national as well as international researchers. Child Studies is home to professors, senior lecturers and PhD students. We offers an international online master’s programme in Child Studies. We teach throughout the University on, for example, the teacher training programme, social work, and we give single-subject courses “To listen to children”.
Five important themes in our research
• Children and young people: health, well-being and quality of life
• Peer-culture and social interaction in preschool, school and the family
• Children, the state and the market in time and space
• Culture and practice: visuality, consumption, materiality, sexuality and children’s culture
• The practice and politics of parenthood