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Childhood, Politics and Ambiguity: Towards an Agenda for Children's Political Inclusion

Wyness, M., Harrison, L. and Buchanan, I. (2004) Childhood, Politics and Ambiguity: Towards an Agenda for Children's Political Inclusion. Sociology - Sage Journals, 38 (1). pp. 81-99. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

This article examines the relationship between children, young people and the world of politics. Whilst the past decade or so has seen the development of initiatives that draw children within the political sphere, there are powerful political and social forces that position children as dependent subalterns and thus exclude them from political participation.We address this ambiguous situation by referring to competing discourses on childhood: the discourse on children’s needs that foregrounds their transitional social status and an imperative to protect, and a set of ideas that revolves around children having collective ‘interests’ that require political articulation. In drawing out these competing discourses, the article addresses a range of ‘inclusive’ policies at global, national and local levels.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2009 16:32
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2009 16:32
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038504039362
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/0038038504039362
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7528

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