Children and the Good Life

New Challenges for Research on Children

  • Sabine Andresen
  • Isabell Diehm
  • Uwe Sander
  • Holger Ziegler

Part of the Children¿s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Children and the Good Life: Theoretical Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-12
    2. Sabine Andresen, Isabell Diehm, Uwe Sander, Holger Ziegler
      Pages 1-6
    3. Lourdes Gaitán Muñoz
      Pages 41-51
    4. Sabine Andresen, Stefanie Albus
      Pages 53-68
  3. The Capability Approach and Research on Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-73
    2. Isabell Diehm, Veronika Magyar-Haas
      Pages 103-114
  4. Children’s Perspectives: Methodological Critiques and Empirical Studies

  5. Structural Conditions and Children in Different National Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-162
    2. Antje Richter-Kornweitz
      Pages 163-175
    3. Didem Gürses
      Pages 177-187
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-205

About this book


Today, the challenge for Research on Children is the issue of the "good life". Discourses and the production of knowledge on the "good life" require a theoretical frame. This frame can be provided by various perspectives: the feminist ethic of care, the Human and Children's Rights Convention, the idea of welfare, or the Capability Approach. The aim of this book is to answer the question of how we can define and measure a "good life" for children growing up in the modern world. The book discusses the cogency of universalistic theories and explores the potential contribution of research on children and the possible integration of children into the research process and debates on the "good life".

The articles collected in this book reflect the state of the art in research and discussions on this topic. Written by researchers from different countries and with expertise in various disciplines, the articles present theoretical and methodological analyses as well as empirical reports.


Capability Research Childhood Children Children's Rights Education Ethic Good Life Rights of Children Social Work Well-Being

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabine Andresen
    • 1
  • Isabell Diehm
    • 2
  • Uwe Sander
    • 3
  • Holger Ziegler
    • 4
  1. 1.Fak. ErziehungswissenschaftUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Fak. ErziehungswissenschaftUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  3. 3.Fak. ErziehungswissenschaftUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  4. 4.Fak. ErziehungswissenschaftUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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