Child-Led Research, Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies: a Defence

Thomas, Nigel Patrick orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5310-9144 (2021) Child-Led Research, Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies: a Defence. Childhood, 28 (2). pp. 186-199. ISSN 0907-5682

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Recent articles by Kim and Hammersley have critiqued, respectively: the methodological and normative assumptions that underlie research ‘by’ children; claims made about the implications of children’s rights for the ethics of research with children; and more broadly, some of the central commitments of Childhood Studies. This paper offers a response to these critiques, seeking to distinguish between those that clearly should be accepted, those that appear to be based on a misreading of the claims being made by scholars and researchers, and those that represent serious challenges to defend, redefine or rethink our aims, claims or

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