Social justice storytelling and young children's active citizenship

Phillips, Louise G. (2010) Social justice storytelling and young children's active citizenship. Discourse, 31 3: 363-376. doi:10.1080/01596301003786993

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Author Phillips, Louise G.
Title Social justice storytelling and young children's active citizenship
Journal name Discourse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0159-6306
Publication date 2010-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596301003786993
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 31
Issue 3
Start page 363
End page 376
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines empirical data with regard to recent theorizing and conceptualizing of children's citizenship. It draws on a doctoral study where the author told social justice stories to one class of children aged five to six years to investigate the active citizenship that the stories set in motion. By imagining this action research study rhizomatically, organic and tangent pathways were mapped of what the stories set in motion. Analysis was informed by poststructuralist discourse theory and critical theory on political action, which enabled identification of enablers and constrainers of young children's actual practice of citizenship. A case is argued for acknowledgement of young children's political identities and capacity to act as communitarian citizens.
Keyword Children’s citizenship
Constructs of children
Social actions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Education Publications
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