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 5682Full text not available from this repository.
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.
|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)
|Depositing User:||RAE Import|
|Date Deposited:||29 Jan 2008 09:48|
|Last Modified:||01 May 2013 15:28|
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