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Discourses of children's participation: professionals, policies and practices

Pinkney, Sharon (2011). Discourses of children's participation: professionals, policies and practices. Social Policy and Society, 10(03) pp. 271–283.

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This article explores the dynamic field of children’s participation and provides fresh insight into its construction within professional frameworks as well as within the social policy process. Protectionism, developmentalism, rights and managerialism are identified as significant discourses and this article explores their articulation and negotiation through policies. The argument is that the settlement reached represents a new configuration within policy frameworks relating to children where a version of children’s rights is appropriated and mainstreamed. The interaction between children’s rights, managerialism and professional discourses are illustrated with reference to policy and legislation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1475-3073
Keywords: discourses; children; participation; professionals; policies
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 29203
Depositing User: Sharon Pinkney
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 14:51
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 04:50
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