ERIC Number: EJ1026046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Children's Participation as Neo-Liberal Governance?
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v35 n1 p77-89 2014
Children's participation initiatives have been increasingly introduced within various institutional jurisdictions around the world, partly in response to Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Such initiatives have been critically evaluated from a number of different angles. This article engages with an avenue of critique which argues that children's participatory initiatives resonate with a neoliberal economic and political context that prioritises middle class, western individualism and ultimately fosters children's deeper subjugation through self-governance. Respecting these as legitimate concerns, this article draws on two counter-positions to argue that while children's participation can certainly be conceptualised and practised in ways that reflect neo-liberal, individualised self-governance, it does not necessarily do so. To make this argument I engage, on the one hand, with Foucault's work on the care of the self, and on the other, with more collective approaches to participation.
Descriptors: Children, Participation, Neoliberalism, Governance, Middle Class, Individualism, Advocacy, Ethics, Social Justice, Collectivism, Childrens Rights, Democracy, Power Structure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
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