How children and their families construct and negotiate risk, safety and danger.

Backett-Milburn, Kathryn and Harden, Jeni (2004) How children and their families construct and negotiate risk, safety and danger. Childhood, 11 (4). pp. 429-447. ISSN 0907 5682

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This article presents an analysis of the family context and everyday negotiations around risk, safety and danger between children and parents in four families drawn from a larger qualitative study. The challenges of analysing accounts from several family members are highlighted. Case study families are described; and fragments of their interwoven individual and shared biographies, on which respondents regularly drew to legitimate risk-related beliefs and practices, are outlined. The dynamic, fluid and contingent nature of risk construction and reconstruction in everyday family life is discussed and three main themes explored: establishing ‘the bottom line’; assumptions, collusions and contradictions around age, siblinghood and time; and contextualizing risk in the conduct of others. The authors conclude that, just as with childhood itself, it is important also to contextualize ‘risk’ within socioeconomic, cultural and institutional frameworks; and that, for most children, their families both constitute one such context and mediate wider social structures.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0907 5682
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children; Families; Risk; Danger; Safety; Negotiation;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 306 Culture & institutions
600 Technology > 640 Home & family management
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Item ID: 2221
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2008 09:48
Last Modified: 01 May 2013 15:28

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