Children, Young People and Social Inclusion

Participation for What?

Edited by E. Kay M. Tisdall, John M. Davis, Malcolm Hill, and Alan Prout

Children, Young People and Social Inclusion

Edited by E. Kay M. Tisdall, John M. Davis, Malcolm Hill, and Alan Prout

Distributed for Bristol University Press

272 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2006
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781861346629 Published November 2006 For sale in North and South America only
This book asks how far and in what way social inclusion policies are meeting the needs and rights of children and young people. Leading authors write from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines including social policy, education, geography and sociology. The book critically examines the concepts of participation and social inclusion and their links with children and childhoods and considers the geography of social inclusion and exclusion. It explores young people’s own conceptualisations of social inclusion and exclusion; and examines how these concepts have been expressed in policy at various levels.The book concludes with an agenda for progressing participation and social inclusion, both for and with children and young people."Children, young people and social inclusion" will be of interest to academics, students and policy makers, as well as to a wide range of practitioners including teachers, youth workers, participation workers and those working in interagency settings.

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1          Introduction

            John M. Davis and Malcolm Hill

Part One: Children and poverty

2          Childhood poverty: a barrier to social participation and inclusion

            Tess Ridge

3          Children’s perspectives on social exclusion and resilience in disadvantaged urban             communities

            Malcolm Hill, Katrina Turner, Moira Walker, Anne Stafford and Peter Seaman

4          Children and the local economy: another way to achieve social inclusion

            Rosie Edwards

Part Two: Participation: politics and policy

5          Reconnecting and extending the research agenda on children’s participation: mutual             incentives and the participation chain

            Alan Prout, Richard Simmons, and Johnston Birchall

6          Included in governance? Children’s participation in ‘public’ decision making

            E. Kay M. Tisdall and Robert Bell

7          The Irish National Children’s Strategy: lessons for promoting the social inclusion of             children and young people

            John Pinkerton

8          International developments in children’s participation: lessons and challenges

            Gerison Lansdown

Part Three: Opening up theoretical spaces for inclusion and participation

9          Spaces of participation and inclusion?

            Michael Gallagher

10        From children’s services to children’s spaces

            Peter Moss

11        Child-adult relations in social space

            Berry Mayall

12        Participation with purpose

            Liam Cairns

13        Conclusion: social inclusion, the welfare state and understanding children’s participation

            Alan Prout and E. Kay M. Tisdall


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