I-participate: Culture and identity in enabling meaningful opportunities

Sam Frankel, Katie Westwood

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This paper extends the narrative around participation by focusing on self-identity, personhood and the culture adults and children create for engagement. It demands a more complete foundation for engendering participation through the creation of a culture that values the need to establish and amplify the child’s voice as part of a journey to create shared communities of practice. The use of ‘voice’ as a concept is extended through a consideration of children as advocates as we examine personhood and identity within participative opportunities. With reference to a recent ethnographic PhD study and practice-based examples, this paper explores the practical ways children might assume the role of participant. Offering a series of steps and reflections from practice the paper explores the culture that is created around everyday participation, with implications for generational relationships, policy and practice. This paper examines a view of the child participant that is not determined solely by what they know but by who they are.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Handbook of Children and Young People's Participation
Subtitle of host publicationConversations for Transformational Change
EditorsBarry Percy-Smith, Nigel Patrick Thomas, Claire O'Kane, Afua Twum-Danso Imoh
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781003367758
ISBN (Print)9781032007397, 9781032008714
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2023


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