Accounting for Gender in the Sociology of Childhood: Reflections From Research in Australia and Brazil

Clare Bartholomaeus, Adriano Senkevics

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Abstract

The (new) sociology of childhood has contributed much to thinking about childhood as a social construction and recognizing the diversity of childhood(s). However, age and generation are often the primary focus of sources in the field. We argue that attention to gender is rare in the sociology of childhood and, when it is mentioned, is under-theorized. Although there is now a growing amount of feminist research with pre-teen children, there is a lack of discussion between the broad field of feminist studies and the sociology of childhood. In this article, we draw on our own research studies in Brazil and Australia, as well as previous key studies about gender and children, to consider the ways in which gender and age can be conceptualized together, and to demonstrate the significance of gender in children’s lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalSAGE Open
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • age
  • children
  • education
  • feminism
  • gender
  • qualitative research
  • sociology of childhood

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