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A Political Space for Children? The Age Order and Children's Right to Participation

Journal article
Authors Jeanette Sundhall
Published in Social Inclusion
Volume 5
Issue 3
Pages 164-171
ISSN 2183-2803
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Pages 164-171
Language en
Keywords adulthood norms; age order; childism; participation; Youth Council
Subject categories Other Humanities not elsewhere specified


This article how adulthood is naturalized and how adulthood norms set limits on the possibilities on including children in democratic processess and understanding them as political subjects. The article examines the kind of resistance children and youth can meet when participating in democratic processess, with examples of speech acts from Gothenburg Youth Council. It also discusses the theoretis concept of childism (Wall 2010, 2012) and how childish can be a way to escape the dominance of adulthood norms. The concept of childish means addressing children's experiences by transforming understandings and practices for all humans, not only for non-adults. How is it possible to create a political space for children and involve children in defining what should count as politically important?

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