Martin Woodhead is a psychologist by training who became involved in the beginnings of childhood studies in part out of dissatisfaction with the assumptions and methods of mainstream developmental psychology. He sees the roots of his interest in children’s lives and children’s rights in his Quaker upbringing. His commitment to advancing the understanding of children’s lives and perspectives met like-minded spirits in the early years of childhood studies and he has contributed seminal papers dissecting discourses around children’s development and needs. He has had a strong focus on work in international contexts, using a range of methods suited to the demands of the issue and setting. He sees childhood studies as a well-established field but with a major balance to overcome in the under-representation of majority world issues and research.
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