9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN04 Sociology of Children and Childhood

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Theoretical ant Methodological Issues in Researching Childhood and Children's Lives II Building II, C6.01

Children and participation: theoretical and methodological perspectives from the Sociology of Childhood

This communication, in the field of Childhood Studies, namely in the Sociology of Childhood, considers children as social actors and childhood as historical and cultural construction. Children?s participation has been discussed in different disciplinary areas and the debate shows a diversity of perspectives that needs to be explored in order to confront the multiples meanings of the concept. We intend to present three research projects that are being developed in different social contexts: two studies related to children?s participation in educational contexts, namely nursery and preschool: one with children between 0 and 3 years old in Portugal and the second involving children between 3 and 6 years old in Brazil and Italy. The third study focuses in children?s participation in institutional contexts as primary school and in the family, in the periphery of Maputo. Our purpose is to develop a more deepen comprehension about children?s participation, considering the theoretical background and research data from the three research that are being developed.