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Unexpected Allies: Expanding the Theoretical Toolbox of the Children’s Rights Sociologist

  • Michele Poretti
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Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)

Abstract

Today, the study of children's rights faces several interrelated challenges in terms of theorising, critical posture and reflexivity. This chapter aims to contribute to the reflections about these issues by drawing on contemporary debates within French sociology, opposing Bourdieu’s critical sociology and the pragmatic sociologies of Boltanski and Latour. Building on the findings of an ethnographic enquiry into the work of child and youth participation specialists in French-speaking Switzerland, it explores the possibilities of mobilising these partially conflicting approaches within participation research. The chapter shows that the combination of critical and pragmatic resources offers useful complementary analytical insights into participation practices. The theoretical tensions between these distinct postures may also contribute effectively to clarifying the role of critique and reflexivity within children’s rights studies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michele Poretti
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  1. 1.University of Teacher Education (HEP)LausanneSwitzerland

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