Accounting for agency Valentine, Kylie en_US 2021-11-25T12:24:32Z 2021-11-25T12:24:32Z 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract Children are increasingly described as agents and agency is important to arguments for children’s rights and participation. Yet agency is rarely defined or theorised in childhood studies. This article reviews common uses and meanings of agency and argues that critical, social conceptualisations have yet to be extensively taken up in childhood studies but offer much to the field. Based on the work of Giddens, his critics and feminist theory, I propose a model of agency that is more ambivalent than that usually presented in childhood studies. Given the conventional emphasis of agency on articulation, rationality and strategy, a failure to incorporate a critical, embodied, engendered, material account of agency into childhood studies risks reinscribing a model in which privileged children will be accorded more agency than those who do not display rationality and choice in conventional ways. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0951-0605 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Participation en_US
dc.subject.other Agency en_US
dc.subject.other Childhood en_US
dc.title Accounting for agency en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.identifier.doiPublisher en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 5 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Children and Society en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 347-358 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 25 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Valentine, Kylie, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 160512 Social Policy en_US
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 160806 Social Theory en_US
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