Sociological Studies of Children and Youth
Socio Stud Child Youth
This series was originally conceived and edited by sociologists Patricia and Peter Adler. The first volume was published in 1986 and the Adlers aptly noted at that time that: "the study of children and child development is empirically and theoretically central to the discipline of sociology." This fact is even more apparent today and is due in part to the efforts of the Adlers, associate and guest editors, and contributors to the volume over the past fifteen years. It is important to note that during the same time span, the American Sociological Association developed the Section on Sociology of Children and Youth and the International Sociological Association started the thematic group "Sociology of Childhood." The early volumes in the series were entitled Sociological Studies of Child Development and more recent volumes titled Sociological Studies of Children. The current series editor, David A. Kinney, in consultation with his Editorial Board, recently renamed the volume Sociological Studies of Children and Youth to better reflect the content of the chapters and attract readers who normally focus their attention on psychological studies of adolescent development. The editor and board members strive to include an equal number of chapters on children and those focusing on youth in each volume. Specifically, the series provides and outlet for social scientists whose reports on their work with children or youth may not 'fit' in traditional academic journals due to the length of their pieces or for other reasons. Some volumes will emphasize specific themes, while others will include a range of chapters on diverse topics. Contributions from all methodological and theoretical orientations are welcome and are peer-reviewed by the series editor, members of the editorial board, and other researchers. Finally, the volume has a history of publishing work by international scholars and continues to welcome contributions from around the world.
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