What do children and young people mean by "participation", and why do they do it?
School of Social Work University of Central Lancashire Preston, UK
The proposed paper forms part of an ongoing inquiry into ways of understanding children and young people's participation. This particular paper is based on ethnographic research with several formal and informal groups of children and young people in England and Wales. The paper will draw on a combination of observation, participant observation, interview and survey data, to explore children and young people's conceptions of participation and their motivation to take part in different projects and organisations. The consequent analysis aims to put these different understandings in the context of (a) the social backgrounds and the lives of young people and (b) sociological theories of structure, agency and intergenerational relations.