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Hearing children’s voices: conceptual and methodological challenges


Musgrove, N and Pascoe Leahy, C and Moruzi, K, Hearing children's voices: conceptual and methodological challenges, Children's Voices from the Past, Palgrave Macmillan, K Moruzi, N Musgrove and C Pascoe Leahy (ed), Cham, Switzerland, pp. 1-25. ISBN 9783030118952 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-11896-9


This chapter analyses changing approaches to "hearing children’s voices" within the historiography of childhood, including interdisciplinary connections with anthropology, archaeology, geography, psychology and sociology. It examines theoretical shifts, such as the challenges poststructuralism posed to concepts of "experience" and "truth," the ways in which the resulting focus on discourse threatened to obscure any possibility of uncovering children’s voices, and the consequent resurgence of survivor narratives revealing a range of institutional abuses suffered by children. The chapter argues that the rise of age as a category of analysis has intersected with other shifts within history, including investigations of gender, memory, space, mobility, emotion, religion, colonialism and transnationalism. Finally, the chapter considers the challenges of different sources, including institutional records, interviews, artwork, diaries, letters, memoirs and objects.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:history, childhood, voice
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Pascoe Leahy, C (Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy)
ID Code:148727
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2022-02-04
Last Modified:2022-07-28

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