9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN04 Sociology of Children and Childhood

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 Citizenship and Participation Building II, C6.02

"There are many worlds in the world": Childhood, Participation and Sociology

This paper aims to listen and read, as in interpreting, children?s discourses about their rights and representations of themselves, other children, children?s rights and the world they live in.The work starts by posing a few questions: how do children see the world they live in? What do they think about the way they act in that same world? What kind of images and concepts do they have about their rights, themselves and others,
including other children, in a context and process of cultural and symbolic exchanges? These questions were translated into a sociological research which comprises three main themes: globalization, childhood and children?s rights. It is about seeing children as social actors and making them present through their experiences, this way contradicting the current displaced, unfocused and marginalized look over childhood.
The field work with children and their teachers took place in public school in Portugal and Brazil.