The new wave of childhood studies: Breaking the grip of bio-social dualism?

@article{Ryan2012TheNW,
  title={The new wave of childhood studies: Breaking the grip of bio-social dualism?},
  author={Kevin Ryan},
  journal={Childhood},
  year={2012},
  volume={19},
  pages={439 - 452}
}
  • K. Ryan
  • Published 1 November 2012
  • Psychology
  • Childhood
The article takes as its starting point a new wave of researchers who use concepts such as ‘hybridity’ and ‘multiplicity’ in a bid to move the study of childhood beyond the strictures of what Lee and Motzkau call ‘bio-social dualism’, whereby the division between the ‘natural child’ of developmental psychology and the ‘social child’ of socialization theory replicates a tendency in modern thought and practice to divide nature from culture. The article offers an alternative approach to… 

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