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Child studies




Founded in 1988, Child Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit at the Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University in Sweden. The main focus of research is on children and childhood. The faculty, as well as all doctoral students have been recruited on a nationwide basis from history, anthropology, psychology, linguistics, social work, and related fields. New doctoral students are accepted about every other or every third year. Until now, we have published between 40-50 doctoral dissertations (cf, list of Dissertation Abstracts), plus published many books, book chapters, and articles.


Reports from current research

DISSERTATION  23 October 2015

avhDavid Cardells dissertation

Family theme parks, happiness and children's consumption.

From roller-coasters to Pippi Longstocking.

Friday  23 October kl 13.15 i TEMCAS, house T.



Adadoptionoptive parents are model parents

A good parent should be self-sacrificing, happy and have a lot of time for their children. These are the findings of a study based on how adoptive parents are described in investigation reports prior to international adoption.


Announcement! This autumn (2015) Child Studies will announce a call for a professorship with a historical bearing. More information is available in September.  

Friday 6th of November:
History of Children and Childhood – Current State of Knowledge, Future Challenges

Planned conference -

Children's Rights: origins, normativity, transformations and prospects

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Last updated: 2015-09-30