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Critical Childhood Studies and the Practice of Interdisciplinarity: Disciplining the Child

by Joanne Faulkner and Magdalena Zolkos
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This book analyzes different figurations of childhood in contemporary culture and politics with a particular focus on interdisciplinary methodologies of critical childhood studies. Traditionally, the figure of the child has been located at the peripheries of academic disciplines. However, critical discussions of the ideological, symbolic and affective roles that children play in contemporary societies suggest that they are often the locus of larger societal crises, collective psychic tensions, and unspoken prohibitions and taboos.

Introduction, Joanne Faulkner and Magdalena Zolkos
Part One: The Child in Memory
Chapter One: Locating the Child within the History of Childhood, Shurlee Swain
Chapter Two: Theorizing Childhood in Second-Wave Feminism: A Re-Reading of Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch (1970), Isobelle Barrett Meyering
Chapter Three: “Ancestral Guilta: Childhood as Redemption and the Question of Nazi Descendancy in German Cultural Memory, Magdalena Zolkos
Part Two: The Child in Imagination
Chapter Four: The Nature of the Child and the Child of Nature: Historical and Contemporary Continuities, Gail Hawkes and Danielle Egan
Chapter Five: Humanity's Little Scrap Dealers: The Child at Play in Modern Philosophy and Implications for Sexualization Discourse, Joanne Faulkner
Chapter Six: Childhood, Character, and the Nineteenth-Century Novel, Elizabeth Drumm
Part Three: The Institutionalized Child
Chapter Seven: Investment, Risk, and Other Ways of Thinking About Children, kylie valentine
Chapter Eight: Discursive Children: Stolen or Just Forgotten? Racial Politics and the Figure of “the Childa in an Australian Culture of Liberalism, Emily Soper
About the Contributors

The growth of children's studies and the clustering of disciplinary interests that underpin that growth are well served by this excellent and rigorously edited volume. As a scholar of film, politics and childhood, I found all the contributions relevant and insightful. Childhood and children collectively offer a profound challenge to academic knowledge, and these authors grasp it bravely.
Joanne Faulkner lectures in philosophy and women's and gender studies at the University of New South Wales.
Magdalena Zolkos is senior research fellow at the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University.