Charting change in the participatory settings of childhood<sup>1</sup>

Roger Hart

in Children, politics and communication

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421845
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301813 | DOI:
Charting change in the participatory settings of childhood1

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This chapter is based directly on a lecture that the author gave in Swansea in 2006, and introduces the overarching themes of spaces for children to self-organise and the ways in which they can or cannot exercise control over their lives. It reviews forty years of ‘progress’ in children's participation, suggesting that the same period has seen an erosion of children's visibility in public space and of their opportunities to organise for themselves, and a reduction in their interaction with adults. It develops a model for mapping children and young people's participation visually, and argues for a move away from looking simply at ‘participation’ as currently defined, to focus more broadly on how public and communal life can be revived for all generations.

Keywords: participation; children; progress; children's participation; public space; communal life

Chapter.  9388 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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