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Being Children: Children’s Voices on Childhood

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Situated in the context of children’s rights, this article reports on a study involving children from 11 countries and 5 continents in philosophical discussions about concepts of child and childhood. Here we focus on seven of those countries. In a previous study, two of the authors explored in what kind of society children would like to live. The present study directly addresses one of the issues arising from that study: to investigate what children think childhood is and their place in society. The study raises issues around children’s participation related to their conceptions of child and childhood.

Affiliations: 1: Corresponding author: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, ; 2: University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland, ; 3: University of Montreal, Canada, ; 4: University of Porto, Portugal, ; 5: Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil, ; 6: University of Cape Town, South Africa, ; 7: Nanjing Normal University, China, ; 8: University of Sofia, Bulgaria,


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