Child–adult relations in social space

Berry Mayall

in Children, young people and social inclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301820 | DOI:
Child–adult relations in social space

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This chapter frames children's social relations with adults in the context of socio-political characteristics of child-adult relations in the UK. It argues that these characteristics help explain how children's social relations differ, according to setting. Broadly, children have more chance of respectful relations with adults in the ‘private domain’ of the home than they do with professionals in the ‘public domain’. However, this is a complicated and mixed picture. The chapter also examines the understandings of, and policies relating to, childhood in the UK: neglect of children's participation rights, definition of children as socialisation projects and reliance on ‘the family’ with women as carers.

Keywords: children's social relations; UK; children's participation rights; socialisation projects

Chapter.  6617 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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