‘Fitting in’ and ‘joining in’: social relations and social integration

Tess Ridge

in Childhood poverty and social exclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9781861343628
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301745 | DOI:
‘Fitting in’ and ‘joining in’: social relations and social integration

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This chapter talks about the social and relational aspects of children's lives, focusing in particular on their lives at school. It aims to provide an understanding of the social lives and experiences of children in poverty, via the medium of their own voices. The discussion shows children's interpretations and constructions of their social relationships, and explores their perceptions of their ability to participate socially.

Keywords: social aspects; relational aspects; school life; social lives; social relationships

Chapter.  11563 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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