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Discourses about Daily Activity Contracts: A Ground for Children’s Participation?

Department of Culture, Politics and Society, University of Turin, 10153 Torino, Italy
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(3), 92; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8030092
Received: 19 November 2018 / Revised: 28 February 2019 / Accepted: 4 March 2019 / Published: 11 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Childhood and Society)
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Abstract

The paper presents the findings of a secondary analysis of qualitative research conducted in Turin (Northern Italy) in 2012–2013 on autonomy and responsibility in the relationships between children and parents. A total of 46 parents and 48 children aged 9–13 were interviewed. The secondary analysis focuses on a specific section of the in-depth interview dealing with daily activity contracts. The aim is to investigate children’s participation in everyday life through children’s and parents’ narratives about daily activity contracts. Thematic analysis of this section of the interviews shows that children make room for acquiring such relational and dialogue skills as self-confidence and speaking up, which are recognized to be essential for any level and type of participation. Moreover, children’s and parents’ discourses on daily activity contracts provide an opportunity to “cultivate” participation and autonomy through a sort of alliance between parents and children in decision-making. The question is whether these dialogic attitudes and negotiation abilities are a resource not restricted to the family sphere but which extends to other areas of participation that go beyond the realm of private, protected, and reversible choices. View Full-Text
Keywords: children’s participation; generational relations; family change; daily activity contracts children’s participation; generational relations; family change; daily activity contracts
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Bosisio, R.; Olagnero, M. Discourses about Daily Activity Contracts: A Ground for Children’s Participation? Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 92.

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