Childhood, Generational Order and the Welfare State

Exploring Children's Social and Economic Welfare

Edited by: Helmut Wintersberger, Leena Alanen, Thomas Olk, Jens Qvortrup

So far, research on the welfare state has usually neglected children and childhood. In the rare attempts to include childhood in welfare state analysis, too much emphasis was placed on children as future adults. However, only a full recognition of children as human beings and citizens here and now are compatible with new social studies of childhood as well as children's rights discourses. Thus the conceptual integration of children and childhood in the welfare state is still an open question. This book closes the gap by offering the concept of generational order as theoretical tool to both childhood and welfare state research. In analogy to gender analysis, this concept is an adequate tool in providing visibility to the adult bias of traditional welfare state theories and practices. The book includes contributors from ten predominantly European countries, exploring issues of children's social and economic welfare, such as child poverty in a theoretical, methodological, and practical perspective. Together with the companion volume below - Flexible Childhood, also by the University Press of Southern Denmark - this book is the final result of COST Action A19, Children's Welfare, which has been supported by the European COST Framework.

275 pages

Publication Date: 5/1/2007
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9788776742010