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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Dr Deniz Arzuk


Programme Leader (mat cover) MA Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights, Researcher of Childhood UCL Social Research Institute, University College London, United Kingdom



I was awarded both my MA and PhD degrees from Bogazici University Ataturk Institute, then worked as a Swedish Institute and Raoul Wallenberg Institute researcher at the Child Studies Unit at Linköping University in Sweden. I have been based at UCL Social Research Institute since January 2020. Theoretically, I adopt a social justice approach, exploring the relations between injustice/inequality, distinction, exclusion and conceptualisations of childhood, and advancing understandings of these and neoliberalism in the process. Methodologically, I offer historical and sociological insights about lived experiences of childhood and their relationship to cultural artefacts, such as newspapers and literature.



Arzuk, D. (2019). Accidents waiting to happen: news coverage of children’s health and safety in Turkey in the 1980s and 1990s. Families, Relationships and Societies. doi:10.1332/204674319x15698298303569 


- Neoliberalisation of childhood in comparative contexts, with a specific focus on Turkey and Britain.

- Childhood and children’s rights in policy and public discourse

- Children’s culture in the twentieth century
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