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Introduction: children, politics and communication

Nigel Thomas

in Children, politics and communication

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421845
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301813 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0001
Introduction: children, politics and communication

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This chapter describes the contents of this book, which explains how children and young people communicate about matters of importance or difficulty, how they decide what to tell adults and what not to tell them, how they organise themselves and their lives, and how they deal with conflict in their own relationships and in the world around them. It is also about how adults can interact effectively with children and young people, on both an individual and a societal level, in ways that are sensitive to their feelings and empowering and supportive of their attempts to be autonomous. It notes that all contributors start with two assumptions: that children are not only developing competence for the future, but are also actors in the world today; and that they have things to teach us, both about their own lives and about society.

Keywords: children; communication; young people; society; politics; relationships

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Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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