Children in hospitals; History, heritage and tradition in British politics

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British politics, heritage and history. Laurie Taylor explores the divergent stories political parties construct about our history and their own historical roles. From disputes over the National Curriculum for History to the assertion of a lost 'social democratic' tradition by New Labour. Research Fellow, Emily Robinson, argues that politicians' manipulation of the past leaves them unable to speak of different futures. Also, Allison James talks about her research on the experience of sick children in hospital.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Allison James

Professor of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield



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Paper: Constructing the sick child: the cultural politics of children’s hospitals

Allison James, Penny Curtis

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2012.02132.x

The Sociological Review

Volume 60, Issue 4, pages 754–772, November 2012



Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth

Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)

The University of Sheffield

219 Portobello


S1 4DP


Tel: (0) 114 222 6069


Emily Robinson

Advance Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham



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History, Heritage and Tradition in Contemporary British Politics

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN-10: 0719086310

ISBN-13: 978-0719086311


Mary Riddell

Political interviewer and assistant editor of the Telegraph


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