Journal Article

Caring as a Moral, Practical and Powerful Endeavour: Peer Care in a Cambodian Orphanage

Ruth Emond

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 1, pages 63-81
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcn102
Caring as a Moral, Practical and Powerful Endeavour: Peer Care in a Cambodian Orphanage

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Research on children's participation in domestic life has tended to focus on the experiences of those living within families. This article reports on a pilot project, undertaken in one Cambodian orphanage, which focused on the care that children provided to themselves and to one another. It argues that not only were such care practices manifest, but they were understood by children to contribute to their power and status within the orphanage as well as the construction of their individual moral self-identities. The boundaries of relationships between children were defined and redefined through care-related actions.

Keywords: Children; institutions; peer relationships; care

Journal Article.  7867 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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