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ERIC Number: EJ821743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
Being Related: How Children Define and Create Kinship
Mason, Jennifer; Tipper, Becky
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v15 n4 p441-460 2008
This article builds on sociological accounts of the negotiated, creative character of kinship and on previous studies of children's involvement in family life to ask how children actively create and define kinship and relatedness. Drawing on data from a qualitative study with children aged 7-12 in the north of England, the authors identify five interconnected ways in which children made sense of kinship. They explore how children understood genealogical kinship conventions, creatively deployed or interpreted kin terms, and defined some "un"related others as "like family". The interplay between children's creative agency and adults' involvement in children's kinship is considered. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)