Children’s Voices in the Polish Canon Wars: Participatory Research in Action

Chawar, Ewa and Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Justyna and Kowalska, Katarzyna and Maniakowska, Olga and Marecki, Mateusz and Palczyńska, Milena and Pszczołowski, Eryk and Sikora, Dorota (2018) Children’s Voices in the Polish Canon Wars: Participatory Research in Action. International Research in Children's Literature, 11 (2). pp. 111-131. ISSN 1755-6201

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3366/ircl.2018.0269

Abstract

Despite its rightful concern with childhood as an essentialist cultural construct, the field of children’s literature studies has tended to accept the endemicity of asymmetrical power relations between children and adults. It is only recently, under the influence of children’s rights discourses, that children’s literature scholars have developed concepts reflecting their recognition of more egalitarian relationships between children and adults. This essay is a result of the collaboration between child and adult researchers and represents a scholarly practice based on an intergenerational democratic dialog in which children’s voices are respected for their intrinsic salience. The presence of child researchers in children’s literature studies confirms an important shift currently taking place in our field, providing evidence for the impossibility of regarding children’s literature only as a manifestation of adult power over young generations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: school canon, childism, children’s voices, participatory research, intergenerational dialogue
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2018 13:14
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 14:01
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703221

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