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Economic and social policy

Report on the Children’s Participation Study of Monitoring Child Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa: Achievements and Challenges


This is a report on the children's participation component of Idasa's study on the national budget and children's socio-economic rights.  The aim of this research was to enable the voices of children living in poverty and difficult circumstances to be heard in Idasa’s 2004 study, ‘Monitoring Child Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa: Achievements and Challenges’.

Redmond, Gerry, Children's Perspectives on Economic Adversity: A Review of the Literature, 2008

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 aged between 5 and 17, are examined in detail. Most of these studies develop frameworks based on the 'new sociology of childhood', which emphasises the social construction of childhood and children's agency in the context of child-adult relations. The nine studies cover a number of issues related to economic disadvantage, including exclusion from activities and peer groups at school and in the community; perceptions of 'poor' and 'affluent' children; participation in organized activities outside of school hours; methods of coping with financial hardship; support for parents in coping and in seeking and keeping employment, and aspirations for future careers and lives.

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