The child, the state and the market in time and space

This research strand concerns how children and childhood are affected by time and space. A historical perspective is essential, but the regional, national and global spaces in which children live are critical as well. 

We are interested in the relationship between children’s everyday lives and the social, economic and political changes that might influence any lived or discursively perceived childhood. To examine this, we investigate how the state, the media, civil society and the market, as well as demographic circumstances, have affected children’s lives, children’s rights and notions of childhood.

Our research explores how childhoods during different historical periods are related to gender, ethnicity, class and age, as well as to conditions for family life, parenting, education and work. This means that we problematise how societal structures have influenced childhoods but, just as importantly, how children have influenced societal structures throughout history. 

Moreover, this research strand exposes spatial perspectives through international comparisons or by investigating how notions of children and childhood are transferred and transformed between different geographical contexts.

Some examples of our research subjects

  • Children’s rights
  • Adoption
  • Foster care
  • Childhood during wartime
  • Childcare market
  • Child and family policies
  • Redress processes for child abuse in ‘care’

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