UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Children's Perspectives on Economic Adversity

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AUTHOR Gerry Redmond
ORGANIZATION Innocenti Research Centre
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2008
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

This paper reviews some of the recent qualitative literature on children’s perspectives on economic disadvantage. The idea of asking people who experience disadvantage about their own situations is still a relatively new one in the social sciences, and the idea of asking children about their own perceptions of economic and social disadvantage is even more recent. Nine analyses, all published since 1998, and all of them involving in-depth interviews or group work with children between ages 5-17, are examined in detail. Most of these studies develop frameworks based on the new sociology of childhood which emphasizes the social construction of childhood and children’s agency in the context of child-adult relations.


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