Rurality, power, and the otherness of childhood in British contexts

Jones, O. (2007) Rurality, power, and the otherness of childhood in British contexts. In: Panelli, R., Punch, S. and Robson, E., eds. (2007) Global Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth: Young Rural Lives. London: Routledge, pp. 193-204. ISBN 9780415882965 Available from:

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Chapter Intro Power is a critical aspect of child–adult relationships and the formation of children’s geographies. It is tempting to see the adult world as all powerful and children’s worlds as subjected to control and direction, but the picture is more complex than that. Children do have less power in many respects, but they also have agency, and child–adult relations have complex interplays of power; for example, children’s skilful manipulation of parents and adults. One way in which power flows between adults’ and children’s worlds is through adult constructions of what childhood is and how it should be treated. Jenks (2005) shows that differing ideologies of childhood result in children’s lives being shaped in markedly different ways. One such ideology of childhood is the country childhood idyll.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:children, childhood, otherness, rural, idyll
ID Code:16157
Deposited By: O. Jones
Deposited On:07 Dec 2011 16:24
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