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Academic Book Series

Ashgate – Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present edited by Claudia Nelson

This series recognises and supports innovative work on the child and on literature for children and adolescents that informs teaching and engages with current and emerging debates in the field. Proposals are welcome for interdisciplinary and comparative studies by humanities scholars working in a variety of fields, including literature; book history, periodicals history, and print culture and the sociology of texts; theater, film, musicology, and performance studies; history, including the history of education; gender studies; art history and visual culture; cultural studies; and religion.

John Benjamin’s Publishing Company – Children’s Literature, Culture, and Cognition edited by Nina Christensen, Elina Druker, Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer and Maria Nikolajeva

The overarching aim of the CLCC series is to promote truly new theoretical approaches in the realm of children’s literature research on the one hand, and to emphasize a non-Anglo-American focus, bringing in exciting research from other areas. In addition, the new book series shall present research from many linguistic areas to an international audience, reinforce interaction between research conducted in many different languages and present high standard research on the basis of secondary sources in a number of languages and based in a variety of research traditions. Basically the series should encourage a cross- and interdisciplinary approach on the basis of literary studies, media studies, comparative studies, reception studies, literacy studies, cognitive studies and linguistics. The series should include monographs and essay collections which are international in scope and intend to stimulate innovative research in children’s literature with a focus on children’s literature (including other media), children’s culture and cognition, thus encouraging interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in this expanding field.

Lexington – Children and Youth in Popular Culture edited by Debbie Olson

The Children and Youth in Popular Culture series features works that interrogate the various representations of children and youth in popular culture, as well as the reception of these. The series is international in scope, recognizing the transnational discourses about children and youth that have helped shape modern and postmodern childhoods and adolescence.
This series also recognizes that too often “popular culture” is a buzz word for “Western” culture. One of the unique goals of this series is to expand that definition to include children and youth in popular cultures that are positioned beyond the West. The scope of the series ranges from such subjects as gender, race, class, and economic conditions and their global intersections with issues relevant to children and youth and their representation in global popular culture: children and youth at play, geographies and spaces (including World Wide Web), material cultures, adultification, sexuality, children of/in war, religion, children of diaspora, youth and the law, and more. Lexington’s Children and Youth in Popular Culture series is a timely addition to current scholarship in the field of children and youth studies that also explores new areas in the study of the intersections of children and youth and popular culture, particularly in the growing study of globalization and its representations of children and youth, childhood and adolescence.

Lexington – Critical Childhood and Youth Studies: Theoretical Explorations and Practices in Clinical, Educational, Social, and Cultural Settings edited by Awad Ibrahim, Gabrielle Ivinson, Michael O’Loughlin, and Marek Tesar

Critical Childhood & Youth Studies is a scholarly series that is concerned with understanding the lived experiences of children and youth in economic, social, cultural, political and historical contexts, and addresses complex experiences only knowable through multidisciplinary lenses. We invite theoretical and field-based proposals that will contribute to the blurring of the lines between “action,” “research,” and practice, and that aim to extend our understanding of childhood and youth. The series seeks to address the following core questions: How do notions of childhood & youth differ across time and space? What new theories and methodologies can we employ to enhance our understanding and wellbeing of young people? What position and meaning is attributed to children and childhoods in/across different societies, and what are the public and political discussions concerning children’s general position in society? Is agency possible, or must children live in states of exception? What can it mean to theorize the conditions and processes through which children and young people embody a meaningful existence in light of the histories they inherit? We seek to develop new thinking in anthropology, childhood and youth studies, critical media studies, education, history, humanities and the arts, literary studies, popular culture, postcolonial and posthumanist studies, psychoanalytic theory, sociology, sustainability studies, and critical race, class & sexuality studies, addressing the theoretical bases of childhood. Issues such as the body, conflict, migrations, inequality, difference, memory, place, sexuality, subjectivity, sustainability, physical and symbolic violence, power, structures of participation, and the possibilities of freedom and political participation by children may be explored.

Springer Link – Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature edited by Kerry Mallan and Clare Bradford

This timely new series brings innovative perspectives to research on children’s literature. It offers accessible but sophisticated accounts of contemporary critical approaches and applies them to the study of a diverse range of children’s texts – literature, film and multimedia. Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature includes monographs from both internationally recognised and emerging scholars. It demonstrates how new voices, new combinations of theories, and new shifts in the scholarship of literary and cultural studies illuminate the study of children’s texts.

Palgrave – Studies on the Anthropology of Childhood and Youth edited by David Lancy

The goal of the series is to advance an emerging sub-field in anthropology that treats childhood and adolescence as distinct and worthy foci of scholarship. The series aims to break down historic barriers that have prevented collaboration among cultural/social anthropologists, ethnologists, archaeologists, linguists, primatologists, biological anthropologists and developmental psychologists.

Routledge – Children’s Literature and Culture Series edited by Philip Nel

Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, it is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series is expanding its focus to include childhood studies, and also seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity.

Rutgers University Press – Series in Childhood Studies edited by Myra Bluebond-Langer

The Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies is dedicated to increasing our understanding of children and childhoods, past and present, throughout the world. Childrens voices and experiences are central. Authors come from a variety of fields, including anthropology, criminal justice, history, literature, psychology, religion, and sociology. The books in this series are intended for students, scholars, practitioners, and those who formulate policies which affect children’s everyday lives and futures.

Wilfrid Laurier University Press – Studies in Childhood and Family in Canada Series edited by Cynthia Comacchio

A broad-ranging series that publishes scholarship from various disciplines, approaches and perspectives relevant to the concepts and relations of childhood and family in Canada. Our interests also include, but are not limited to, interdisciplinary approaches and theoretical investigations of gender, race, sexuality, geography, language and culture within these categories of experience, historical and contemporary.