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Interview with Lauren Hammond, Mary Biddulph, Simon Catling, and John H. McKendrick about their edited collection, Children, Education and Geography
18 December 2022

Our member, Lauren Hammond (University of Edinburgh, UK), and her co-editors Mary Biddulph (formerly University of Nottingham, UK), Simon Catling (Oxford Brookes University, UK), and John H. McKendrick (Glasgow Caledonian University, UK), talk about their edited collection, Children, Education and Geography: Rethinking Intersections (Routledge, 2022).

Interview with Victoria Cooper and Naomi Holford about their co-edited collection, Exploring Childhood and Youth
4 December 2022

Our members, Victoria Cooper and Naomi Holford (Open University, UK), talk about their edited collection, Exploring Childhood and Youth (Routledge, 2021).

Interview with Carlene Firmin, Michelle Lefevre, Nathalie Huegler, and Delphine Peace about their book, Safeguarding Young People beyond the Family Home
27 November 2022

Our member, Prof. Michelle Lefevre (University of Sussex, UK), and her co-authors, Prof. Carlene Firmin (Durham University, UK), Dr. Nathalie Huegler (University of Sussex, UK), and Delphine Peace (Durham University, UK), talk about their new book, Safeguarding Young People beyond the Family Home: Responding to Extra-Familial Risks and Harms (Policy Press, 2022).

Interview with Georgina Dimopoulos about her book, Decisional Privacy and the Rights of the Child
20 November 2022

Our member, Prof. Georgina Dimopoulos (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia) talks about her book, Decisional Privacy and the Rights of the Child (Routledge, 2022).

Interview with Deevia Bhana about her book, Girls Negotiating Porn in South Africa: Power, Play and Sexuality
23 October 2022

Our member, Prof. Deevia Bhana (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), talks about her new book, Girls Negotiating Porn in South Africa: Power, Play and Sexuality (Routledge, 2022).

Interview with Julia Gossard and Holly White about their co-edited special issue on “Double Age in the History of American Childhood and Youth”
9 October 2022

Our members, Julia Gossard (Utah State University, US) and Holly White (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, US), talk about their co-edited special issue of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.

Interview with Susan Pearson about her book, The Birth Certificate: An American History
26 September 2022

Our member, Prof. Susan Pearson (Northwestern University, US), talks about her new book, The Birth Certificate: An American History (University of North Carolina Press, 2021).

Interview with Louise Forde, Nessa Lynch, and Yannick van den Brink about their co-edited collection, Serious Offending by Children: Principles, Practice and Global Perspectives
23 August 2022

Our member, Louise Forde (Brunel, UK), and her co-editors, Nessa Lynch (Victoria University of Wellington, Australia) and Yannick van den Brink (Leiden University, Netherlands), talk about their edited collection, Serious Offending by Children: Principles, Practice and Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2022).

Interview with Neil Howard and Samuel Okyere about their co-edited collection, International Child Protection: Towards Politics and Participation
26 July 2022

Our members, Neil Howard (University of Bath, United Kingdom) and Samuel Okyere (University of Bristol, United Kingdom), talk about their co-edited collection International Child Protection: Towards Politics and Participation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022).

Interview with Walter Kohan about his book – Paulo Freire: A Philosophical Biography – and the role of childhood in politicizing education
19 July 2022

Our member, Professor Walter Kohan (Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil) talks about his book, Paulo Freire: A Philosophical Biography (Bloomsbury, 2021), with a focus on the role of childhood in politicizing education

Interview with Michael Wyness about his co-authored book, Kid Power, Inequalities and Intergenerational Relations
5 July 2022

Our member, Dr Michael Wyness (University of Warwick, UK) talks about his new book, co-authored with Clara Rübner Jørgensen (University of Birmingham, UK), Kid Power, Inequalities and Intergenerational Relations (Anthem Press, 2021).

Interview with J. Marshall Beier and Jana Tabak about their co-edited collection, Childhoods in Peace and Conflict
28 June 2022

Our members, J. Marshall Beier (McMaster University, Canada) and Jana Tabak(State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), talk about their co-edited collection, Childhoods in Peace and Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

Interview with Julie Spray about her book, The Children in Child Health
6 June 2022

Our member, Dr Julie Spray (University of Auckland, New Zealand) talks about her new book, The Children in Child Health: Negotiating Young Lives and Health in New Zealand (Rutgers University Press, 2020).

Interview with Mona Paré and Mariëlle Bruning about their co-edited collection, Children’s Access to Justice: A Critical Assessment
24 May 2022

Our members, Mona Paré (University of Ottawa, Canada) and Mariëlle Bruning (Leiden University, the Netherlands), talk about their collection (edited with Thierry Moreau and Caroline Siffrein-Blanc), Children’s Access to Justice: A Critical Assessment (Intersentia, 2022).

 

Interview with Simon Flacks about his book, Law, Drugs and the Politics of Childhood
8 May 2022

Our member, Dr Simon Flacks (University of Westminster, United Kingdom) talks about his new book, Law, Drugs and the Politics of Childhood (Routledge, 2021).

Book cover - Breslow Interview with Jacob Breslow about his book, Ambivalent Childhoods
4 April 2022

Our member, Dr Jacob Breslow (LSE, UK) talks about his new book, Ambivalent Childhoods: Speculative Futures and the Psychic Life of the Child (University of Minnesota Press, 2021). 

Making-Up People: Youth, Truth and Politics book cover showing a child at a protest Interview with Judith Bessant about her book, Making-Up People: Youth, Truth and Politics
16 March 2022

Our member, Prof Judith Bessant (RMIT University, Australia) talks about her new book, Making-Up People: Youth, Truth and Politics (Routledge, 2021).

Children and work - a special blog feature
5 October 2022

Over the past three weeks, we have published pieces by nine of our members - Neil Howard, Jessica Taft, Rebecca Raby, Elizabeth Dillenburg, Sam Okyere, Omri Grinberg, Peter Kelly, María Florencia Amigó, and Edward van Daalen - on a broad range of issues concerning children and work.

Edward van Daalen on the problems with the campaign to abolish child labour by 2025
20 September 2022

Non-hazardous work can be beneficial for children. But even hazardous child labour cannot be eliminated overnight; instead, it requires creative and localised approaches that take children’s own opinions seriously. The problem, Edward van Daalen argues, is that such pragmatism and innovation are excluded by the dominant public discourse on children’s work.

María Florencia Amigó et al. investigate the impact of climate change on child labour in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Peru
18 September 2022

The climate crisis has had evident detrimental effects on agricultural production worldwide. Available data does not suggest that climatic shocks will generally lead to either an increase or a decrease in child labour. However, where such events do affect child labour, they are more likely to increase its incidence rather than decrease it.

Peter Kelly outlines new ways to think about young people and the future of work
15 September 2022

The ‘problem’ of young people’s transitions from school to work has been a significant feature of youth policy since the early 1980s, especially in Australia and many other developed economies. In a global economy structured by logics of neo-liberal capitalism, what is the future of work for young people?

Omri Grinberg sheds light on Israel’s reframing of Palestinian child labor
13 September 2022

Israeli state officials have gradually reframed Palestinian child labor as an issue of human trafficking and slavery disconnected from Israel’s military occupation. What does this rhetorical shift entail, and what can it teach us about Israel’s evolving decontextualization and disavowal of its violence?

Sam Okyere discusses what Ghanaian children say about their work – and how policy responses to child labour should change
11 September 2022

There is a wide gap between child protection policies and the lived experiences of working children. Policy makers must listen to these children, address poverty and socioeconomic constraints, and recognize that child labour varies considerably depending on the person and context.

Elizabeth Dillenburg highlights continuities between past and present debates on child labor in the United States
8 September 2022

Faced with an acute labor shortage, US states and employers recently pushed for younger workers to be hired. These recent debates echo themes that emerged in discussions about child labor throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Rebecca Raby investigates what Canadian teenagers think about themselves and their peers participating in early paid work
6 September 2022

Discussions about children’s work often focus on the Global South. Yet, research in Canada offers valuable insights into how young people view and experience early paid work; how these views and experiences are shaped by age, class, race, and gender; and how they are embedded in specific contexts.

Jessica Taft examines Peruvian working children’s views on child work – as well as their broader political vision
5 September 2022

Working children’s movements around the world have tried to gain a voice in the international policy conversation, but they have not been adequately listened to. Ethnographic research with the Peruvian movement of working children sheds important light on what they say and do regarding work, rights, the economy, and politics

Neil Howard argues that a better understanding of ‘harm’ within children’s work leads us away from the attempt to abolish child labour and towards a focus on child wellbeing
4 September 2022

Calls to eliminate child labour fail to listen to working children, even though removing children from putatively ‘harmful work’ can cause further harm. How, then, can harm be better understood, contextualised, and addressed?

Children and the climate crisis - a special blog feature
6 May 2022

Over the past two weeks, we have published pieces by seven of our members - Aoife Daly, Spyros Spyrou, Daniella Bendo, Noam Peleg, Tanu Biswas, Peter Kraftl, and Rongedzayi Fambasayi - on a broad range of issues concerning children and the climate crisis.

Rongedzayi Fambasayi argues that child rights are a blind spot of South Africa's High Court ruling on air pollution
4 May 2022

In a recent judgment on deadly air pollution, South Africa‚Äôs High Court described the applicants' invocation of child rights as 'opportunistic and misleading.' Could this indicate that child rights are, in fact, a blind spot of the Court?

Peter Kraftl discusses how schoolboys whose behavior was deemed 'challenging' can also challenge the climate crisis
3 May 2022

Experimental educational activities on the climate change, delivered to non-White schoolboys who were labelled as 'challenging,' raise questions about 'challenging' behaviours and the climate crisis. Who is able to utter or perform a challenge to the climate crisis, and how?

Tanu Biswas Discusses 'Decolonial Childism': Nurturing Diversity for Intergenerational Sustainability
28 April 2022

The aims of education and economy need to be aligned with the larger aim of sustaining life on this planet. Expanding the scope of education - as an intergenerational relationship that gives children access to a diversity of knowledge, choices, and resources - is a direction worth considering.

Noam Peleg Explains Why Australia's Recent Climate Change Court Ruling Is a Setback for Children's Rights
27 April 2022

Australia's Federal Court recently ruled that the country's Environment Minister has no duty of care for future generations when deciding whether to approve the expansion of coal mines. The case was originally brought by eight teenagers and a nun legally acting on their behalf. The judgment leaves children with limited recourse: they can't vote, they are ignored by politicians, and now the Court refuses to scrutinise decisions that primarily affect them. 

Bendo, Goodwin De Faria, and Mitchell write on Young Climate Activists During the Covid-19 Pandemic
26 April 2022

Since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, young climate activists have found new ways to bring attention to climate issues. Among other things, they have developed an online toolkit that both educates adults and facilitates the participation of more children in the social movement.

Spyros Spyrou writes on Ethnographic Explorations with Young Climate Activists in Cyprus
25 April 2022

Young climate activists in Cyprus challenge adult notions of the pandemic as exceptional, by drawing attention to the everydayness and continuity of the climate crisis. At the same time, they retain hope, rooted in their willingness and capacity to act collectively to bring about change.

Aoife Daly writes on Access to Justice for Children and Youth in the Climate Crisis
24 April 2022

Children and youth have been driving activism and litigation to combat climate change. But how accessible is climate justice for them?

Watch our webinar on "Children's Right to Vote: Should the Voting Age Be Lowered/Abolished?"
11 October 2022

On 10 November, 2022, we co-hosted a webinar with Prof John Wall and Dr Christine Huebner on children's right to vote

Erica Burman's talk: Putting "Child as Method" to Work?
26 April 2022

Prof Erica Burman to give the annual lecture of Queen Mary University's Centre for Childhood Cultures on 19 May, 2022.

Hedi Viterbo Oxford talk Watch Hedi Viterbo's talk: Problematising Children’s Rights – Insights from Israel/Palestine
3 April 2022

Dr Hedi Viterbo (CLPN's Director) recently gave a talk at Oxford University, titled 'Problematising Children’s Rights – Insights from Israel/Palestine.' The talk was based on his similarly titled book, Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Moderator: our member, Chelsea Wallis.

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