By H. Warming
This e-book significantly analyzes and theorizes belief dynamics in kid's lives and the way they impression upon kid's participation, citizenship and health and wellbeing, drawing on a wealth of empirical facts that examines belief in a number of institutional and cultural contexts.
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This leads us to the conclusion that effective democratic participation for children is not possible whilst adults can mobilise discourses of trust and/or distrust 44 Adult Trust and Children’s Democratic Participation in children’s capacities to perform in the role of participative partners. On this basis it would appear that children make more progress as participative actors when participation is embedded in systems which eliminate the deployment of adult trust or render it irrelevant and are instead built on processes which secure relations between people in a regulatory or contractual way and eliminate or minimise unpredictably and risk (Smith, 2001: 291).
The next step is that the other party seizes this offer of trust and conﬁrms, agreeing to be co-author. In other words, communicative acts of personal trust building are closely related to the inclusive building of citizen identity. Conversely, distrust, in the form of construction of one’s identity as a non-trustworthy person, promotes disciplining strategies of surveillance and control which impede the construction of inclusive citizen identity, which involves a feeling of being recognised and belonging.
Both are examples of children positioned as a special group, but in contrast to voice groups, they are located as such on the basis of being children rather than in relation to the nature of their childhoods. We focus here on school councils as an instance of a particular kind of democratic structure within the wider institutional setting of school. There has been quite extensive research into how school councils function and what they achieve (see Wyness, 2003, 2005; Cotmore, 2004; Thornberg & Elvstrand, 2012 for example).