Childhood as a social and symbolic space : discourses on children as social participants in society
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The aim of the thesis is to explore discourses on "children as participants" by questioning and discussing constructions of children and childhood that seems to be taken for granted, and which in certain contexts seem to have attained a hegemonic position in recent years. One important task is to gain an insight into the existential conditions of these discourses, to contextualise them by exploring the social practices that are developed as part of these discourses. In this context, it is important to discuss how constructions of the child subject in discourses affect children, and how children handle and experience the new identities that are made available to them through the discourses.
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