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ERIC Number: EJ842589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
The Importance of Identity in Policy: The Case for and of Children
McDonald, Catherine
Children & Society, v23 n4 p241-251 Jul 2009
This article draws out one of the core reasons why children should be conceived as active agents in research, particularly policy-related research. The main thesis is that policy inevitably projects and, to an extent, constitutes the subject identities of its intended objects--in this case, that of "children". Drawing on several bodies of theory--the "new" sociology of childhood, identity theory, "governmentality" and theories of discourse--the article shows why not incorporating children's voices is a problem for social policy, and suggests that the impact of their exclusion has the potential to render policy both inappropriate and non-responsive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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