The Sociology of Childhood and Youth in Canada

By Xiaobei Chen, Rebecca Raby, Patrizia Albanese


The sociology of childhood and youth has sparked international interest in recent years, and yet a reader highlighting Canadian work in this field has been long overdue. Filling this gap in the literature, The Sociology of Childhood and Youth Studies in Canada brings together cutting-edge Canadian scholarship in this important and growing discipline.

Thought-provoking and timely, this edited collection explores a breadth of essential topics, including research on and with children and youth, the social construction of childhood and youth, intersecting identities, and citizenship, rights, and social engagement. With a focus on social justice, the contributing authors critically examine various sites of inequality in the lives of children and young people, such as gender, sexuality, colonialism, race, class, and disability.

Encouraging further development of Canadian scholarship in the sociology of childhood and youth, this unique collection ensures that young people’s voices are heard by involving them in the research process. Pedagogical supports—including learning objectives, study questions, suggested research assignments, and a comprehensive glossary—make this volume an invaluable resource for students of childhood and youth, child and youth care, and early childhood education programs across Canada.


  • focuses on social justice and includes young people’s voices, articles on Indigenous youth, and exploration of various sites of inequality in children and young people’s lives, including gender, sexuality, race, and class
  • includes pedagogical features such as student learning objectives, chapter summaries, study questions, suggested research assignments, and further recommended readings, websites, and video clips


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