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What we say and what we do: reflexivity, emotions and power in children and young people's participation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-218
Number of pages18
JournalChildren's Geographies
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2012


Children and young people's participation is now recognised as a relational process and consequently the role of adults has been identified as crucial. Yet the role that adults play in the participatory process is underexplored and how underlying factors of emotions and power influence this role is unclear. Using the work of Spinoza as a framework for discussion, this article explores the impact of emotions and power on participatory processes. Based on doctoral participatory action research undertaken in São Paulo, Brazil, I argue that adults facilitating participation need to reflect on how they are personally implicated in the participatory process if underlying factors of emotions and power are to be acknowledged and addressed.



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