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The Institutionalisation of ‘TongNian’ and ‘childhood’ in China and Britain: Exploring Cautious Comparisons

Ribbens McCarthy, Jane; Guo, Yu; Phoenix, Ann; Xu, Xiaoli and Knight, Abigail (2017). The Institutionalisation of ‘TongNian’ and ‘childhood’ in China and Britain: Exploring Cautious Comparisons. Children and Society, 31(1) pp. 1–12.

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This article engages with the question of how theorisation of the social construction of childhood can be applied across cultural contexts, taking China and Britain as examples. The paper draws on collaborative dialogue between scholars from the People's Republic of China and Britain, and literatures from both Anglophone and Mandarin sources. It takes forward emergent work on theorising childhood from diverse global perspectives by focusing on the institutionalisation of childhood in these countries, with particular reference to language, conceptualisation and legal frameworks relating to chronological age.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and National Children’s Bureau
ISSN: 1099-0860
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Best Interests of the Child in ChinaNot SetSino British Fellowship Trust
Keywords: global childhood; China; Britain; children; comparative policy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
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Item ID: 47022
Depositing User: Jane Ribbens McCarthy
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2016 15:29
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:54
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