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Vulnerability and autonomy: theoretical considerations based on children’s narrations about sport in adult-dominated contexts


Heite, Catrin; Magyar-Haas, Veronika; Moser, Lea; Pomey, Marion; Salah, Morad; Schlattmeier, Franziska (2020). Vulnerability and autonomy: theoretical considerations based on children’s narrations about sport in adult-dominated contexts. Social Work and Society, 18(1):online.

Abstract

Starting from the perspective of the new social studies of childhood and their strong focus on agency of children this article follows the critical voices on the agency concept and reconceptualises children’s autonomy under conditions of vulnerability. Within the adult dominated field of sport the phenomenon of children’s vulnerability as well as children’s autonomy can be seen and discussed empirically. The authors analyse what and how children’s autonomy is enabled or limited e.g. through organisational aspects or through the superior position of adults. This leads to new findings concerning children’s emotional and physical vulnerability, children’s decisions about leisure time and adult-free spaces as well as the limitation of children’s autonomy. As a conclusion or in the sense of an outlook, thoughts towards theories of professionalism are considered.

Abstract

Starting from the perspective of the new social studies of childhood and their strong focus on agency of children this article follows the critical voices on the agency concept and reconceptualises children’s autonomy under conditions of vulnerability. Within the adult dominated field of sport the phenomenon of children’s vulnerability as well as children’s autonomy can be seen and discussed empirically. The authors analyse what and how children’s autonomy is enabled or limited e.g. through organisational aspects or through the superior position of adults. This leads to new findings concerning children’s emotional and physical vulnerability, children’s decisions about leisure time and adult-free spaces as well as the limitation of children’s autonomy. As a conclusion or in the sense of an outlook, thoughts towards theories of professionalism are considered.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:07 Feb 2021 11:51
Last Modified:07 Feb 2021 11:51
Publisher:Social Work & Society
ISSN:1613-8953
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://ejournals.bib.uni-wuppertal.de/index.php/sws/article/view/653/1248

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