Dr. Patrick Ryan


January 18 - The Discursive Formation of Modern Childhood

Do Homework I - given in OWL:

Read Patrick J. Ryan, "How New is the 'New' Social Study of Childhood? The Myth of a Paradigm Shift," JIH vol. 38 no. 4 (Spring 2008): 553-576.

Watch the interview of the author conducted at Althouse in 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dO6MOtA5bM

Audio Version of the Interview

Landscape of Modern Childhood Diagram

 Lecture Concepts and Resources
Discursive Formation
Language-Logic-Practice Model

The Landscape of Modern Childhood
 --Socialization Theory & the Conditioned Child
 --Romantic Developmentalism & the Authentic Child
 --Sci. Developmentalism & the Developing Child
 --Social Actor Theory & the Political Child


January 25 - The Discursive Formation of Modern Childhood II

Do Homework II - Discourse and Text on OWL.

Karin Aronsson and Bengt Sandin, "The Sun Match Boy and Plant Metaphors:  A Swedish Image of a 20th-Century Childhood," in Images of Childhood edited by C. Philip Hwang, Michael E. Lamb, Irving E. Sigel (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1996): 185-202.

Solstickan (Match Boy) (M20C)

Solstickan Advertisement (M20C)

Lecture Concepts and Resources

The Landscape of Modern Childhood
 --Socialization Theory & the Conditioned Child
 --Romantic Developmentalism & the Authentic Child
 --Sci. Developmentalism & the Developing Child
 --Social Actor Theory & the Political Child

Sample Transcript (2013)
Wordsworth, Ode, lines 59-77 (1807)
MilestonesMothercraft (1923)
Gesell's Dome (est. 1911, photo 1947)
Las Meninas (1656) Diego Velaquez

February 1 - Library Work

Do Homework III - Finding Sources on OWL.

No additional reading.

 No Lecture Concept
Working Session on Bibliographies

February 8 - Childhood and Text in Context

 Annotated Bibliography Due (15%):

Following the criteria given here produce a 10-source annotated bibliography for your topic of interest.

No additional reading.

 Lecture Concepts and Resources

Media & Medium
Interpretive Community
Intentional & Affective Fallacies
Assumed Reader

February 15 - Childhood and The Politics of Development

Do Homework IV - Writing a Thesis for a Lit Rev.

1. Read the instructions for the literature review, here.

2. Complete the reading for at least 5 of your sources from your bibliography.

3. Write a preliminary thesis for the review, submit it on OWL, and bring it to class.

Lecture Concepts and Resources

Discursive Features of Science

radical simplification
graphic visualization
normative summary

Discursive Features of Stage Theories

Heinz Dilemma
Lawrence Kohlberg
Robert Cole's Ruby Bridges
Moral Development vs. Moral Life

February 22 - Reading Week -- No Class

February 29 - Discourse and Ideology

Critical Literature Review Due (25%):

Using the works approved by the instructor from your annotated bibliography and following the instructions provided here, write a 2,500 word critical literature review. 

 Lecture Concepts and Resources

Analytics of Power v. Ideology Critique
Greta Thunberg
Thomas Jefferson
Karl Marx

PAR as Ideology Critique

M. Foucault's Theses on Power

Gender Identity & Medicalization

March 7 - Applying DA to the Arts

Research Question Statement Due (5%):

Write a statement of no more than 100 words stating your proposed research question.

Read Patricia Read Russell, "Parallel Fantasies:  Barrie's Peter Pan and Speilberg's E.T. Extraterrestrial" Children's Literature Association Quarterly, v.8, no. 4 (Win 1984): 28-30.

Bring two questions to class.

Optional: Lecture on Interpretive Validity

 Lecture Concepts and Resources
 Signifier & Signified
Denote & Connote

Discursive Positioning


Interpretive Validity

March 14 - Applying DA to Conversations

Text Boundary Statement Due (5%): 

Write a statement from 1 to 2 pages defining and locating the primary source materials (the texts) you propose to submit to analysis to answer your research question.  Justify why this choice is a reasonable and feasible one.

Read Ian Hutchby's "Talking about Feelings" Chapter 4 in The Discourse of Child Counselling (Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007): 59-78. 

Bring two questions to class.

Hutchby's CA transcription symbols

What is Ethnography and Direct Observation?

Human Research Ethics

Lecture Concepts and Resources
Symbolic Interactionism
Conversation Analysis
1-Way Mirror Problem
Turn Construction Units (TCU)
Transition Relevant Places (TRP)
Adjacency Pairs
Assymetrical Interactions
Therapeutic Objects
Counseling Tropes
Perspective-Display Squence (PDS)

March 21 - Applying DA to the Law

Methodological Justification Due (5%): 

Write a methodological justification of 2 or 3 pages.

Read Hedi Viterbo's "Casting the First Stone" Chapter 2 in Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine (Cambridge UP, 2021) 50-86.

Bring two questions to class.

 Lecture Concepts and Resources

Statutory Law
Case Law
Policies and Administrative Documents
International Agreements

Tracing a Statutory History
Sexual Crime
Duty to Report

R. v. Kaija

March 28 - Applying DA to Institutions

Logistical Statement Due (5%): 

Write a brief 1-page logistical statement explaining your plan for obtaining the materials of your project.

Read Patrick J. Ryan "The 'government of heroic women': childhood, discipline, and the discourse of poverty -  'Kontrolle durch heroische Frauen': Kindheit, Disziplin und der Armustsdiskurs," in Bildungsgeschichte – International Journal for the Historiography of Education vol. 7, no. 2 (2017): 173-190.

Bring two questions to class.

Historical Poverty Practices
Friendly Visiting
Invention of Case Management
Family Investigation
The Rise of Income Maintenance Programs
Counseling and Talk Therapy

April 4 - 

Research Proposal Due (30%): 

Compile the previous assignments, and revise them based on the instructors comments, and submit a research proposal between 3,700 and 4,000 words (not counting the bibligraphy).

No Lecture