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ERIC Number: EJ942111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
Being Responsible and Responsible Beings: Children's Understanding of Responsibility
Such, Elizabeth; Walker, Robert
Children & Society, v18 n3 p231-242 Jun 2004
Responsibility is a key concept in policy and public debate about the lives of children and families. On the one hand, parents are assumed to take responsibility for children's well-being; on the other, children and young people are blamed and frequently punished for "irresponsible" or anti-social behaviour. The article deconstructs the concept of responsibility from children's perspectives. Data are taken from a pilot study of 29 children aged nine and 10 in the East Midlands, England. In-depth interviews revealed that children assume a series of responsibilities in the home and that these are understood as an inevitable and "normal" part of daily life. Children also described the basis of "being responsible" as underscored by two core values (honesty and fairness) and indicated that responsibility was a crucial part of their moral worlds. These moral understandings were, however, malleable. They were particularly mediated by the child-parent relationship and were constantly being negotiated and renegotiated in the home.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)