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Rematerialising Children'S AgencyEveryday practices in a post-socialist estate$
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Matej Blazek

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322740

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322740.001.0001

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(p.119) Seven Things
Rematerialising Children'S Agency

Matej Blazek

Policy Press

This chapter explores the ‘complex presence’ (Mol, 2002) of things, environments, and people with their individual histories, acquaintances and capacities, and its impact on the formation of children’s practices. In the first section, it discusses various ways in which children encounter things, drawing the topographic lines of difference between individual children (or groups of children) and the ways in which they come to engage with things. The second section then focuses on the diversity of ways in which things affect children’s practices, drawing on Bourdieu’s idea of different forms of capital as a framework that emphasises the complex role of things in how children develop their agency.

Keywords:   things, material objects, mobility of things, social capital, cultural capital, symbolic capital

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