Voice and Exit in Children's Lives
Department of Educational and Social Sciences Wuppertal University Wuppertal, Germany
Against the background of Hirschman's concepts of voice and exit in social analysis and the analysis of agency the paper deals with the question which approaches in the field of politics of childhood and realisations of children's rights in their lives support a democratisation of all areas of society (including everyday life and institutions). This is relevant to discussing the question of what allows real social development, i.e. developments based on reflexiveness, competence of social judgement and action competence of every citizen.
In the end the paper tries to mediate debates and research results in the fields politics of childhood and politics of education aiming at a concept of education (Bildung) to emancipate the one and the all.