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Adult Trust and Children’s Democratic Participation

Moran-Ellis, J and Suenker, H (2013) Adult Trust and Children’s Democratic Participation In: Participation, Citizenship and Trust in Children's Lives. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 32-51. ISBN 0230302645

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This chapter considers the role of played by adult trust in relation to children’s democratic participation. This chapter analyses how discourses of trust in relation to children construct the participating child in different spaces of participation. This reveals a high degree of contingency which attends on how trust and distrust are mobilised by adult in relation to children when it comes to including children in decision-making processes. Where participatory mechanisms are realised through formalised system processes of confidence this can serve in children’s favour but where adults retain the warrant to override children’s views this is often articulated through questions of interpersonal trust and distrust. Adults deploy or withhold interpersonal trust in relation to children as a class of person in ways which are akin to early Parsonian formulations of trust within familiar situations which suggests children as a category are held in a web of what could be characterised as ‘pre-modern’ relations to adults as a class.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
Moran-Ellis, J
Suenker, H
Editors :
Warming, H
Date : 1 February 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords : Sociology, Sociology of Childhood, Trust
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 15:27
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 15:02

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