A summer reading and viewing challenge…

Over the next few months, we are looking to build up a resource for those of us involved in the teaching of childhood and youth studies, in whatever guise or disciplinary space, with an emphasis on the relationship between childhood and public life, children’s participation, childhood agency, and children’s politics.  We ask for your assistance in creating an arts & hums reading/viewing list for childhood and youth studies students and researchers.

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Experimenting with ‘live methods’

The Connectors Team reflect on our recent exhibition as ‘live methods’ and offer a summary of the work we’ve been doing during 2017

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Photo/Stories from the field: To part with one’s dolls

Dr Christos Varvantakis explores ‘coming of age’ tropes and temporalities in childhood play, and how ethics and anonymity are understood and enacted

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Political activism across the life course: Special issue for Contemporary Social Science

A special issue that Melissa, Vinnarasan and me have edited for Contemporary Social Science,’Political activism across the life course‘ has just been published! The publishing of the issue rounds up a […]

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What do we mean by ‘circuits of social action’? (A first stab of many, no doubt…)

Activism, citizenship, social consciousness and beyond: what are circuits of social action? Dr Nolas explores the what and when of childhood social action

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A Very Particular Kind of Park

As I am settling in Athens for fieldwork, I often find myself passing through a small charming park in Navarinou street, in Exarchia. I have undertaken some exploratory visits in […]

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Photo/stories from the field: lunch encounters and ethnographic distractions

Food, a full plate of memory, and an anthropology of not paying attention: Christos Varvantakis explores the materiality of food in research settings.

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Photo/stories from the field: those books of fieldwork and parenting you know don’t exist

Melissa Nolas explores some of the emotionality in fieldwork relationships of care and concern between researchers and participants

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Photo/stories from the field: the curtain as a signifier of ‘private’ and ‘public’ in the research space

Vinnarasan Aruldoss explores the ways participants create symbolically private and public spaces through material practices

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Photo/stories from the field: postcards and polaroids

Melissa Nolas describes the use of postcards and polaroids as a cultural intervention to challenge the dominant cultural narratives of childhood

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Photo/stories from the field: anonymous portraits and other practices in the ethics of representation

Melissa Nolas explores how the use of photography and anonymous portraits helped to overcome some of the challenges in the ethics of representation

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Photo/stories from the field: Do greens stand for fire-blocks or for nature-preservation?

Christos Varvantakis reflects on walking practices and embodied encounters with green space and the environment

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Photo/stories from the field: the photo-camera has a video function!

Early in the research we provided each child with an inexpensive digital photographic camera to use as part of the data production. The idea was that children would make pictures […]

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Photo/stories from the field: Configuring matters

Christos and Melissa reflect on ‘configuring matters’ as a research method to help rethink popular social science representations of relationships

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Photo/stories from the field: A note on play in children’s research

The concept of play has attained an undisputable place in childhood scholarship where the naturalisation and orthodoxy is hardly been questioned in theory and practice until recently (see Cook, 2016). […]

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