Focused reading list, Childhood and youth

Alexander, Kristine, “Agency and Emotion Work,” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 7, no. 2 (2015): 120-128.

Boddice, Rob and Mark Smith, Emotion, Sense, Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Gleason, Mona, “Avoiding the Agency Trap: Caveats for Historians of Children, Youth, and Education,” History of Education 45, no. 4 (2016): 446-459.

Maynes, M.J., “Age as a Category of Historical Analysis: History, Agency, and Narratives of Childhood,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, 1: (2008): 114-124.

Maza, Sarah, “The Kids Aren’t All Right: Historians and the Problem of Childhood,” AHR Exchange, The American Historical Review, Volume 125, Issue 4, October 2020, Pages 1261–1285, and responses by several historians of childhood and youth, including: Ishita Pande, “Is the History of Childhood Ready for the World? A Response to ‘The Kids Aren’t All Right’,” The American Historical Review, Volume 125, Issue 4, October 2020, Pages 1300–1305,

Miller, Susan A., “Assent as Agency in the Early Years of the Children of the American Revolution,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 9, no. 1 (Winter 2016): 48-65.

Olsen, Stephanie, “Children’s Emotional Formations in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, around the First World War,” Special Issue of Social and Cultural History: Young People and the World Wars: Materialities, Memories and Cultural Heritage, Kate Darian-Smith and Ana Carden-Coyne, eds, DOI: 10.1080/14780038.2019.1658838 (Aug. 2019).

Sleight, Simon, “The city in the child: Colin Ward, urban becoming and the shift to experience,” in Catherine Burke and Ken Jones (eds), Education, Childhood and Anarchism. Talking Colin Ward. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 19-32.

Thomas, Lynn M. “Historicising Agency,” Gender & History 28, no. 2 (August 2016): 324-339

Vallgårda, K, K. Alexander and S. Olsen (2018), “Against Agency,” SHCY Blog, 

Vallgårda, K, K. Alexander and S. Olsen, “Emotions and the Global Politics of Childhood,” in Stephanie Olsen (ed), Childhood, Youth and Emotions in Modern History: National, Colonial and Global Perspectives. London: Palgrave, 2015.

Vallgårda, Karen and Katrine Rønsig Larsen, “Emotional Echoes: Young People, Divorce, and the Public Media, 1960–2000,” Journal of Social History, 2020, shaa030,

Vuolanto, Ville, “Experience, Agency, and the Children in the Past: the Case of Roman Childhood,” in C. Laes and V. Vuolanto (eds), Children and Everyday Life in the Roman and Late Antique World. Ashgate, 2016, 11–24.