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The Centre for Education Studies' childhood research is concerned with children’s social lives in families, communities and schools – the broad context for children’s learning. Its primary but not exclusive focus is the social study of children and members of the group have made internationally leading contributions to the sociology of childhood – theoretically, methodologically and empirically.

Key themes in our work include: theoretical debates in the social study of childhood; children, mobility and the use of space; children’s identity and representation; children’s participation. Folded into these are more specialist work on children’s literature and childhood language development.

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