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ERIC Number: EJ965520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
Affinities, Seeing and Feeling Like Family: Exploring Why Children Value Face-to-Face Contact
Davies, Hayley
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v19 n1 p8-23 Feb 2012
This article examines face-to-face contact as a way in which children practise, imagine and constitute their closest relationships. Based on the findings of a qualitative school-based study, the article shows that children regard "seeing" as a family and relational practice that enables them to feel connected to and develop affinities with others. The article traces the interplay of given, negotiated and created, and sensory affinities in children's family and kin relationships. Face-to-face contact is explored as a context in which children gain knowledge of others and develop intimate, "family-like" relationships. (Contains 1 note and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom