As one of the people working on the sociology of childhood from its early days in the 1980s, I recently built on that knowledge and experience to write a history of the movement. This includes contributions from some of the key players, such as Jens Qvortrup and Priscilla Alderson, as well as outlines of recent developments in other disciplines, such as anthropology and geography (A History of the Sociology of Childhood, London: Institute of Education Press, 2013).
My most recent books include:
- Childhood with Bourdieu (Alanen, Brooker and Mayall, London: Palgrave Macmillan 2015). This brought together an international group of 13 scholars, all experienced in working with the concepts developed by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, to consider the usefulness of these concepts for understanding childhoods, in a range of societies.
- You Can Help Your Country: English children’s work during the Second World War. (Berry Mayall and Virginia Morrow. London: IOE Press. 2018 Second edition.)
- Visionary Women and Visible Children, England 1900-1920: Childhood and the women’s movement. (London: Palgrave Macmillan.2018)