In Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies, childhood is defined as the age range from birth to the age of 12. This resource explores and details the experiences of children from a diverse range of regional contexts. As well as providing an overview and the historical context of childhood, the articles engage with the major developments in theoretical approaches to childhood studies, methodology, and the diversity of research in the field. Each region will focus on thirteenkey topics, listed below, in order to illustrate the contexts and issues that impact how childhood is experienced in that country.
William A. Corsaro was Robert H. Shaffer Class of 1967 Endowed Chair and is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he won the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1988. He was the first recipient of the Distinguished Career Award for the Section on Children and Youth of the American Sociological Association in 2013. He taught courses on the sociology of childhood, childhood in contemporary society, and ethnographic research methods. His primary research interests are the sociology of childhood, children’s peer cultures, the sociology of education, and ethnographic research methods. Corsaro is the author of The Sociology of Childhood (5th edition, 2018), Friendship and Peer Culture in the Early Years (1985), and We’re Friends, Right: Inside Kids’ Culture (2003), and coauthor with Luisa Molinari of I Compagni: Understanding Children’s Transition from Preschool to Elementary School (2005). He is the coeditor with Jens Qvortrup and Michael-Sebastian Honig of The Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies (2009). Corsaro was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Bologna, Italy, from 1983 to 1984 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow in Trondheim, Norway, in 2003. He received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden, in 2016.