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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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Family life

Family life

(p.159) Nine Family life
Rematerialising Children'S Agency

Matej Blazek

Policy Press

This chapter explores one of the children’s most important relationships, family and family life, significant because of the frequency, intensity, and relevance to other everyday circumstances, but also because of children’s own views about them. It looks at the relationships between family patterns and the dynamics of children’s everyday acts in which family (as a legal framework as well as a set of routine arrangements and emotional ties) comes to act in children’s practices. The chapter’s structure is built around two themes: the compositions of children’s families in Kopčany, depicting the patterns of the relationships that stem from children’s family lives and meander through their everyday activities; and two types of dynamics in children’s family relations–children being cared for by other family members and children being responsible for other family members.

Keywords:   family, post-socialist housing, care, family networks

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