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Reflections on the enactment of children's participation rights through research: Between transactional and relational spaces

Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa. 2011. Reflections on the enactment of children's participation rights through research: Between transactional and relational spaces. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(7), pp. 1196-1202. ISSN 0190-7409 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Young people's participation in the evaluation of services designed for them has become widespread in England following the United Kingdom's ratification of the UNCRC. This makes participation a matter of citizenship as well as of research. The paper reflects on these developments from a critical social psychological perspective. In particular it looks at the experience of working with a transformational model of participation. The author reflects on the possibilities and limitations of such a model and argues that within the English socio-cultural context a number of challenges, conceptualised by the author as transactional practices, make the establishment of enduring relational practices difficult. Epistemological reflexivity and a pragmatic approach towards children's participation rights are advocated by the author as a way of managing the conflicts between different participatory approaches that present themselves in practice.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.02.014

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
12 February 2011Accepted
21 February 2011Published

Item ID:

22749

Date Deposited:

11 Jan 2018 14:30

Last Modified:

14 Jul 2018 04:57

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22749

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