9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN04 Sociology of Children and Childhood

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Theoretical ant Methodological Issues in Researching Childhood and Children's Lives II Building II, C6.01

Assessing European Childhood from Multiple Perspectives

No other book was more stimulating for a sociological view on childhood than Philippe Ariès? ?Centuries of Childhood?. By demonstrating the historical variance it deconstructed the naturalness and obviousness which was claimed for the normative pattern ?childhood? before. But, the view remained eurocentric. In our project ?Growing up in Kyrgyzstan and Germany ? patterns and conditions of childhoods? we attempt to gain insights into characteristics of European childhoods which (while still being a matter of course) might have remained hidden also for today childhood sociologists.
The project incents and assembles research done by Kyrgyz and German young scientists doing research either in their own or the other country but always in the intensive exchange of tandem partnerships. The aim is twofold: In a theoretical interest we are looking for a more thoroughly analysis of childhoods between global influences and locals adaptations, between universal knowledge production and local everyday life exigencies. In a methodological interest we aim at insights into the influence of researchers? point of view on research results, and consequently attempt to use ?the other? and the others to sharpen the view on ?the own? and to overcome blind spots