The 'new paradigm' of the sociology of childhood: Reflections on social justice through the italian alternative pedagogies

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    Abstract

    This chapter aims at developing a critique of the so-called "New Paradigm" of the sociology of childhood, which was developed in British sociological schools between the 1960s and 1980s. The New Paradigm represented a substantial challenge to mainstream sociology of childhood and from this basis, Childhood Studies were capable of producing influential thinking about childhood and practices involving childhood. The main idea of this chapter is that the New Paradigm cannot constitute an adequate theoretical basis for ensuring the fulfilment of children's lives in terms of freedom and social justice. Its central point, that childhood is socially constructed, is not articulated coherently and is internally inconsistent. Italian alternative pedagogical practices are used to provide a concrete backdrop for the theoretical objections raised against the New Paradigm. These alternative critical practices commonly assert that theory cannot be separated from practice and that ideals of social justice for children are based on the struggles of marginalised communities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGlobal Ideologies Surrounding Children's Rights and Social Justice
    EditorsIcarbord Tshabangu
    PublisherIGI Global
    Pages224-238
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9781522525790
    ISBN (Print)1522525785, 9781522525783
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2017

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