Locating the child centrally as subject in research: Towards a child interpretation of well-being

Tobia Fattore, Jan Mason, Elizabeth Watson

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Abstract

This paper explores the notion of the 'subject' in studies of childrens subjective wellbeing. Increasingly, those researching children's well-being are acknowledging children as agents and including them as participants in research in order to tap into, and report on, their subjectivities.We explore this trend to show how dominant approaches privilege an 'objectivist' approach to subjectivity that informs epistemological and methodological approaches and has implications for policy and practice. An alternative approach is discussed which places children centrally as subjects.

LanguageEnglish
Pages423-435
Number of pages13
JournalChild Indicators Research
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Children as subjects
  • Epistemology
  • Ontology
  • Research methodology
  • Subjective well-being

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