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Sarah Mitchell

I joined Tema Barn as a doctoral candidate in Autumn 2016


Masters in Child Studies, Linköping Univeristy (2016)

Masters in Health Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand (2013)

Honours Degree in Demography and Population Studies, University of the Witwatersrand (2011)

Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand (2010)

Research interest

The research I have done so far could be situated within two main fields - the Sociology of Health and Illness and the 'new' Sociology of Childhood. My studies have focused primarily on teenagers and notions of health, normality and deviance. My first master's project focused on the government of teenage boys' behaviour, particular in relation to activities such as sex, drinking, smoking and drugs. I drew on Foucault's concept of surveillance and normalization in analyzing how boy's bodies were regulated by their parents and teachers. When I did my second master's Project in Child Studies, I shifted my focus to the online world. I looked at an online forum for teenagers and focused on the 'disability' section. There my focus was on the use of disability labelling and how young people negotiated disability identities.

Ongoing research

Although I have not yet finalized my doctoral research topic, I plan to make use of Visual research methods in understanding Children and Childhood.     




Master's Thesis: The Government of Adolescent Boys' Health-Risk Behaviour: A Case Study of a Private Boys' College in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg


Telephone: 013-28 29 74
Fax: 013-28 29 00

E-mail: sarah.mitchell@liu.se

Department of Thematic Studies -
Child Studies
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping


About Child studies

Child Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on issues regarding children, childhood and family in history and society. Education in Child Studies: under graduate level, master level, graduate level (Ph.D).

About Tema

The objective for Tema - The Department of Thematic Studies is to pursue excellent research and education at undergraduate and advanced levels relevant to society.

Child Studies
Gender Studies
Technology and social change
Environmental Change

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