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Re-thinking children’s agency in extreme hardship: Zimbabwean children’s draw-and-write about their HIV-affected peers

Campbell, Catherine, Andersen, Louise, Mutsikiwa, Alice, Madanhire, Claudius, Skovdal, Morten, Nyamukapa, Constance and Gregson, Simon (2015) Re-thinking children’s agency in extreme hardship: Zimbabwean children’s draw-and-write about their HIV-affected peers. Health and Place, 31. pp. 54-64. ISSN 1353-8292

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.09.008

Abstract

We compare two analyses of ‘draw-and-write’ exercises in which 128 Zimbabwean children represented their HIV-affected peers. The first, informed by the ‘new social studies of childhood’, easily identified examples of independent reflection and action by children. The second, informed by Sen’s understandings of agency, drew attention to the negative consequences of many of the choices available to children, and the contextual limits on outcomes children themselves would value: the support of caring adults, adequate food, and opportunities to advance their health and safety. Conceptualisations of agency need to take greater account of children’s own accounts of outcomes they value, rather than identifying agency in any form of independent reflection and action per se.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/health-and-place
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: LSE Health
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2014 13:24
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 01:45
Projects: RES-167-25-0672, 084401/Z/07/Z
Funders: ESRC-DFID, Wellcome Trust
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59522

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