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ERIC Number: EJ788370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0020-7187
The Public/Private Dichotomy: A Threat to Children's Fellow Citizenship?
Ostrem, Solveig
International Journal of Early Childhood, v40 n1 p15-32 2008
When child-raising involves violence, a conflict of values arises between the parents' autonomy and the children's right to equal participation in a democratic society. In this article I discuss, from the perspective of discourse analysis, how a dichotomous understanding of the public versus private sphere can constitute a threat to children's fellow citizenship. One of the questions I dwell upon is if there is a contradictory relationship between, on the one side, a type of thought that identifies the child with the family and private sphere and, on the other hand, the understanding of the child as active participant in a democratic society. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway