Journal Article

Giving Voice to Black Children: An Analysis of Social Agency

Mekada Graham

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 8, pages 1305-1317
Published in print December 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl031
Giving Voice to Black Children: An Analysis of Social Agency

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In the last decade, a new sociology of childhood has made important contributions to our understanding of children as social agents shaping their daily lives in various contexts and situations. Although social difference and diverse childhood experiences hold a central place in these new paradigms, several researchers have noted the neglect of black1 children in mainstream research agendas, with little attention paid to their lived experiences in social institutions. This conceptual paper begins with a brief discussion exploring the intersections between black children, marginalization and childhood studies. The following section reviews ongoing concerns implicated in the high presence of black children in public care. By applying theories about childhood to children in public care generally and specifically to black children, this paper advocates participatory approaches to incorporate new initiatives in working with black children in public care.

Keywords: social agency; marginalization; black children; voice

Journal Article.  5803 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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