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'If I tell them then I can' - Ways of relating to adult rules
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Cognition, Development and Disability.
2004 (English)In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, Vol. 11, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores how Swedish children relate to adult discussions and rules concerning children's play and television habits. It is argued that the children interviewed are well aware of adult ideas concerning children, TV and play. In accounting for these rules, the children present themselves as regulated by adults, but also as valuable to their parents. A closer look at the accounts reveals that the children sometimes oppose the descriptions imposed on them and are able to argue against the perceived adult opinion. It is important to point out, however, that the children broadly express a trust in adults and their judgements.

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2004. Vol. 11, no 1
Keyword [en]
children, cultural meaning, play, rules, television
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46270DOI: 10.1177/0907568204040181OAI: diva2:267166
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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