The class will examine the conceptual framework of critical childhood studies and its intersection with feminist theories, critical race theory and disability studies. We will examine how different institutions, discourses and systems shape how childhood is experienced: including family, school, the juvenile (in)justice system, media and consumer culture. While attending to the force of structural inequalities in cultural and economic arrangements, we don’t want to risk rendering children or adults invisible. Thus we will look at adults with whom children are in relationship, including parents, teachers, police, and counselors; and we will together build an archive of children and youth-generated materials that exist within our particular fields (education, sociology, women’s studies, critical psychology, urban planning, etc.) Finally, we will consider methodological and pedagogical strategies used by various researchers and practitioners working with rather than on or about children.
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