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Children as competent co-researchers. Exploring potentials and complications

Conference paper
Authors Sandra Hillén
Published in Making Sense of Consumption, 2nd Nordic Conference on Consumer Research, May 30 - June 1, 2012 Gothenburg, Sweden
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Centre for Consumer Science
Language en
Keywords children, co-research, competences, performance, playfulness, immature sociology
Subject categories Ethnology


Taking the starting point in theories on children as competent, in carrying out research and as rational consumers (James, Jenks & Prout 1998/2002, Buckingham 2011), this paper examines what a competent child is and whether it’s a theoretical concept that enriches the analysis of children as co-researchers, or if it is a pitfall. Adequate examples will be presented from a study about children's research on food, and situations and events where children's different competences are illustrated will be discussed. Could it be the case that competent means a number of things?

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