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Age Matters: Encountering the Dynamism of a Child’s Agency from Cradle to Emerging Adulthood

  • Aija Lulle
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Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)

Abstract

Childhood studies have always emphasised the relevance of age, identifying ‘early childhood’, ‘middle childhood’, ‘early’ to ‘late’ adolescence and ‘emerging adulthood’. In this chapter, Lulle brings the theoretical view of temporary agency into dialogue with childhood studies. The overall aim is to refine the debate on how age matters in childhood agency research, sometimes in unexpected and surprising ways. For school children and teenagers, agency is shaped by crucial institutional contexts and embodiment, although this does not mean that younger children have less agency. The child’s age also poses further challenges to how to record and explain aspects that are more universal to children’s agency, especially problems that emerge specifically during translocal childhoods.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aija Lulle
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  1. 1.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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