Social justice storytelling and young children's active citizenship

Phillips, Louise G. (2010) Social justice storytelling and young children's active citizenship. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 31 (3). pp. 363-376. ISSN 0159-6306


This paper examines empirical data with regard to recent theorizing and conceptualizing of children’s citizenship. It draws on a doctoral study where the author told social justice stories to one class of children aged five to six years to investigate the active citizenship that the stories set in motion. By imagining this action research study rhizomatically, organic and tangent pathways were mapped of what the stories set in motion. Analysis was informed by poststructuralist discourse theory and critical theory on political action, which enabled identification of enablers and constrainers of young children’s actual practice of citizenship. A case is argued for acknowledgement of young children’s political identities and capacity to act as communitarian citizens.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 02:46
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 23:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: children's citizenship; constructs of children; political; social actions; storytelling; transformative education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160602 Citizenship
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390107 Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440802 Citizenship
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940201 Civics and Citizenship
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