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Towards a sociology of 10–12 year olds? Emerging methodological issues in the ‘new’ social studies of childhood

McNamee, Sally; Seymour, Julie

Authors

Sally McNamee

Julie Seymour J.D.Seymour@hull.ac.uk



Abstract

This article reports on an analysis of 320 empirical research articles published between 1993 and 2010 in three of the leading ‘childhood’ journals. The study looked to establish the potential samples used in accounts of empirical research studies with children; and to explore the methodology employed. The first part of this paper outlines why a consideration of the ages used in childhood research is worthy of investigation. This addresses technical, methodological and epistemological dimensions of the area. It then goes on to discuss the results of our investigations. Our guiding question was ‘who are the children in the social study of childhood?’, and we conclude that there is an over-focus on a particular age group.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2013-05
Print ISSN 0907-5682
Electronic ISSN 1461-7013
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 2
Pages 156-168
APA6 Citation McNamee, S., & Seymour, J. (2013). Towards a sociology of 10–12 year olds? Emerging methodological issues in the ‘new’ social studies of childhood. Childhood, 20(2), (156-168). doi:10.1177/0907568212461037. ISSN 0907-5682
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0907568212461037
Keywords Developmental and Educational Psychology
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