Poliittinen toimijuus julkishallinnon lapsi- ja nuorisopoliittisessa osallistumisretoriikassa
Bäcklund, Pia; Kallio, Kirsi Pauliina (2012)
Kallio, Kirsi Pauliina
Alue ja Ympäristö 41 1
Johtamiskorkeakoulu - School of Management
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The UN Convention on the Rights of a Child (1989) brought the issue of children’s participation to the global agenda. This most widely ratified human rights agreement defines the right for children to be heard and their opinions respected in matters affecting them. Hence follows the responsibility and duty for the Finnish local authorities to promote children’s participation. In developing participatory practices, public authorities also come to define the desirable political agency for children and young people. Leaning on hermeneutical methodology and political philosophical thought, we reflect on these definitions and make visible some of the underlying presuppositions concerning children and young people’s political agency. The analysis shows that the participation rhetoric is framed by multi-faceted ambiguities – even within single localities. The assumptions of appropriate participation rely arbitrarily on differing interpretations of political agency, thereby producing practices that oscillate between supporting and hindering children and young people’s political agency.
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