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Connecting a sociology of childhood perspective with the study of child health, illness and wellbeing: introduction
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2015 (English)In: Sociology of Health and Illness, ISSN 0141-9889, E-ISSN 1467-9566, Vol. 37, no 2, 173-183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In the last decades we have seen a growing interest in research into children's own experiences and understandings of health and illness. This development, we would argue, is much stimulated by the sociology of childhood which has drawn our attention to how children as a social group are placed and perceived within the structure of society, and within inter-generational relations, as well as how children are social agents and co-constructors of their social world. Drawing on this tradition, we here address some cross-cutting themes that we think are important to further the study of child health: situating children within health policy, drawing attention to practices around children's health and well-being and a focus on children as health actors. The paper contributes to a critical analysis of child health policy and notions of child health and normality, pointing to theoretical and empirical research potential for the sociology of children's health and illness.

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2015. Vol. 37, no 2, 173-183 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116548DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12260ISI: 000351204300001PubMedID: 25760921OAI: diva2:807688


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