Perspectives on Children and Young People

Conditional Citizens

Rethinking Children and Young People’s Participation

Authors: Hartung, Catherine

  • 15 case studies from around the world that provide readers with tangible examples of what children and young people’s participation can look like
  • Three in-depth critiques of popular buzzwords that provide readers with critical tools for rethinking their own work with/on children and young people
  • An accessible overview of the role of key global processes, institutions and discourses
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About this book

This book challenges readers to recognise the conditions that underpin popular approaches to children and young people’s participation, as well as the key processes and institutions that have enabled its rise as a global force of social change in new times. The book draws on the vast international literature, as well as interviews with key practitioners, policy-makers, activists, delegates and academics from Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Nicaragua, Australia, the United Kingdom, Finland, the United States and Italy to examine the emergence of the young citizen as a key global priority in the work of the UN, NGOs, government and academia. In so doing, the book engages contemporary and interdisciplinary debates around citizenship, rights, childhood and youth to examine the complex conditions through which children and young people are governed and invited to govern themselves.

The book argues that much of what is considered ‘children and young people’s participation’ today is part of a wider neoliberal project that emphasises an ideal young citizen who is responsible and rational while simultaneously downplaying the role of systemic inequality and potentially reinforcing rather than overcoming children and young people’s subjugation. Yet the book also moves beyond mere critique and offers suggestive ways to broaden our understanding of children and young people’s participation by drawing on 15 international examples of empirical research from around the world, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, North America, Finland, South Africa, Australia and Latin America. These examples provoke practitioners, policy-makers and academics to think differently about children and young people and the possibilities for their participatory citizenship beyond that which serves the political agendas of dominant interest groups.

About the authors

Dr Catherine Hartung is a Lecturer at the University of Otago College of Education in Dunedin, New Zealand. She teaches and researches at the cross-section of issues related to children and young people, social justice, citizenship, rights, wellbeing, and diversity. Her work is interdisciplinary, but at its core is a concern with how various educational, cultural, and political institutions govern children and young people, as well as the ways that children and young people negotiate and resist this institutional governance. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • The Young Citizen in New Times

    Hartung, Catherine

    Pages 3-10

  • Citizenship, Rights and All Things Nice: Key Discourses Underpinning Children and Young People’s Participation

    Hartung, Catherine

    Pages 11-28

  • The UN, the NGO, the State, and the Academy: Key Sites Governing Children and Young People’s Participation

    Hartung, Catherine

    Pages 29-47

  • A Sense of Autonomy: Rethinking Children and Young People’s ‘Agency’

    Hartung, Catherine

    Pages 51-76

  • Selective Hearing: Rethinking Children and Young People’s ‘Voice’

    Hartung, Catherine

    Pages 77-104

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-981-10-3937-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conditional Citizens
Book Subtitle
Rethinking Children and Young People’s Participation
Authors
Series Title
Perspectives on Children and Young People
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-3938-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-3938-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-3937-9
Series ISSN
2365-2977
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 147
Topics