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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Professor Janice McLaughlin

Professor of Sociology, Sociology Subject Area, Newcastle University, United Kingdom



My research focus is on childhood disability, working across disability studies, medical sociology, sociology of the family, childhood studies, social anthropology, to explore the varied dynamics that shape their lives. I work with different qualitative methods to research with disabled children and young people in ways that seek to place their ideas and experiences at the centre. I explore theme such as: medical practices around diagnosis and intervention, interactions with social services and education, family life, social life and citizenship and rights.



McLaughlin, J.; Coleman-Fountain, E. & Clavering, E.C. (2016) Disabled Childhoods: Monitoring Difference and Emerging Identities. London: Routledge.

McLaughlin, J. Goodley, D. Clavering, E.K. and Fisher, P. (2008) Families Raising Disabled Children: Values of Enabling Care and Social Justice, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

McLaughlin, J. (2020) Relational Autonomy as a Way to Recognise and Enhance Children’s Capacity and Agency to be Participatory Research Actors. Ethics and Social Welfare. 14:2: 204-219.

McLaughlin, J. (2020) Valuing Care and Support in an Era of Celebrating Independence: Disabled Young People’s Reflections on their Meaning and Role in their Lives. Sociology. Accepted 17th July 2019. 54(2):397-413.

McLaughlin, J. and Coleman-Fountain, E. (2018) Visual Methods and Voice in Disabled Childhoods Research: Troubling Narrative Authenticity. Qualitative Research.19(4): 363-381.

McLaughlin, J. (2017) The Medical Reshaping of Disabled Bodies as a Response to Stigma and a Route to Normality. Medical Humanities 43:244–250 )

McLaughlin, J. and Coleman-Fountain, E. (2014) The unfinished body: The medical and social reshaping of disabled young bodies. Social Science and Medicine. 120 (November) 76–84

McLaughlin, J. (2014) Digital imagery and child embodiment in paediatric genetics: Sources and relationships of meaning, Sociology. 48(2): 216-232 doi: 10.1177/0038038512472774


Qualitative and creative methods, co-production, social theories of childhood
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