Collaborative Commentary: How Do Children Think About and Enact Citizenship?

Stacy Lee DeZutter, Julianne Coleman, Noah Hichenberg, Isabel Menezes, Alison Neilson, Clementina Rios, Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Alyssa Whitford

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This commentary traces shared themes across the four chapters of Part II of this volume. The chapters share an awareness of the socially constructed nature of childhood and an interest in challenging conventional discourses about children’s competence and status. Further, all four chapters embrace the notion that classrooms are sites where children actively situate themselves socially and politically, even as each chapter examines children’s experiences along a different dimension of citizenship. Among the chapters, some tensions exist around the concept of “empowering” children and there are key differences in chosen methodologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Perspectives on Educating for Democracy in Early Childhood
Subtitle of host publicationRecognizing Young Children as Citizens
EditorsStacy Lee DeZutter
PublisherRoutledge | Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781000865769
ISBN (Print)9781032135007
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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