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

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 December 2012

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.

  • Allison James

    Professor of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield



    Find out more about Allison James 



    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



    Find out more about Emily Robinson



    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


    Find out more about Mary Riddell



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