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Children’s boundaries: within and beyond families

Malcolm Hill

in Families in society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346438
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302292 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346438.003.0005
Children’s boundaries: within and beyond families

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This chapter draws attention to children's own creation of boundaries, then considers parents' perspectives and subsequently gives brief attention to family boundaries. It engages with a range of literature offering a comprehensive and in-depth review of theoretical and empirical work on childhood, families and boundaries. The chapter reflects on how children and parents negotiate crucial distinctions as regards the familiar and trusted, on the one hand, and the strange or threatening, on the other. Boundaries established among relationships and spaces in children's lives are fluid at any one time and evolve as time goes by. The boundaries created mediate the exchange of ideas, emotion, trust and practical assistance. The discussion suggests the need to integrate understandings of children in their own right and as located within relationships.

Keywords: childhood; family life; children's boundaries; children's relationships

Chapter.  6872 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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