Complexity theory, early childhood development and social justice: creating a space for children's voices

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    Abstract

    Complexity theory provides a framework by which traditional conceptualisations of childhood and participation can be challenged and re-contextualised. In this chapter we describe how a complexity theory lens is useful in illuminating the interplay of early childhood development (ECD) with democracy and social justice. Aspects of complexity such as emergence and recurrency can be used to challenge pervading notions of marginalisation and vulnerability, especially for young children in low and middle-income (LAMI) contexts. This framework allows for alternate conceptualisations of childhood that incorporate children's power, participation and agency.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChildren and childhood
    Subtitle of host publicationpractices and perspectives
    EditorsChandni Basu, Vicky Anderson-Patton
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherInter-Disciplinary Press
    Pages217-227
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)9781848881792
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NameProbing the boundaries
    PublisherInter-Disciplinary Press

    Keywords

    • children's voices
    • children's self-representations
    • marginalisation
    • social justice
    • participation
    • complexity theory

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