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Title: Negotiating Autonomy: Childhoods in Rural Bolivia
Author(s): Punch, Samantha
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Editor(s): Alanen, Leena
Mayall, Berry
Citation: Punch S (2001) Negotiating Autonomy: Childhoods in Rural Bolivia. In: Alanen Leena, Mayall Berry (ed.). Conceptualising Child-Adult Relations. The Future of Childhood Series, London: Taylor & Francis (RoutledgeFalmer UK), pp. 23-36.
Keywords: childhood
coping strategies
Issue Date: Apr-2001
Series/Report no.: The Future of Childhood Series
Abstract: First paragraph: This chapter, based on my empirical study of children’s lives in rural Bolivia, exemplifies ways in which children as active agents can negotiate relative autonomy within the structural constraints of childhood in relation to more powerful, adult, social actors (see Harden and Scott 1998). The structures of adult society limit children’s opportunities for asserting their autonomy. Children live in a world in which the parameters tend to be set by adults, especially in relation to children’s use of time and space (Ennew 1994). Therefore it is important to see how they negotiate their position within the constraints of that bounded world. It is necessary to explore children’s competencies and strengths, as well as their constraints and limits, and their strategies for negotiating with adult society.
Rights: Published in Conceptualising Child-Adult Relations by Taylor & Francis (RoutledgeFalmer UK). This is an electronic version of a book chapter published in Conceptualising Child-Adult Relations, The Future of Childhood Series, pp. 23 - 36. Conceptualising Child-Adult Relations can be found online at:

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