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Councils, consultations and community: rethinking the spaces for children and young people's participation1

Percy-Smith, Barry (2010) Councils, consultations and community: rethinking the spaces for children and young people's participation1. Children's Geographies, 8 (2). pp. 107-122. ISSN 1473-3285

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Abstract

The participation of children and young people in decisions that affect them is now mainstream in social and public policy in the UK. Yet for many young people formal participation opportunities are abstracted from everyday lives and concerns. Children may not feel empowered despite the existence of formal structures for participation. This raises questions about how ‘spaces’ for participation are constructed. This paper critiques prevailing models of participation in formal structures and instead, argues for the need to rethink children's participation as a more diverse set of social processes rooted in everyday environments and interactions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 08:30
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2015 13:56
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/20227

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