In this interview Professor Ivar Frønes, one of the founder members of Childwatch International and the journal Childhood, offers an overview of his route into childhood studies and the range of key thinkers from different disciplines that have been influential in his work. He discusses the emergence of the sociology of childhood in the late 1980s, the emphasis placed on children’s competency and agency at that time and the accompanying emphasis on qualitative research. He points to the new and deeper understandings of children and children’s lives which have developed over the course of the last two decades, through the use of life-course analysis and the focus on children’s developmental and situational contexts, as well as their perspectives.
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