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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.179) Ten Friendship
Rematerialising Children'S Agency

Matej Blazek

Policy Press

This chapter explores the role of friendship in the formation of children’s agency through the views of friendship as a performative device, a medium of both social affirmation and segregation and as a social domain reproducing and contingent upon other social factors. First, it expands on the debate about the meanings of friendship for children from Kopčany in order to show the impact of these notions on their practices. Second, the discussion looks at how peer relationships amongst the children are constituted, what types of inclusive or exclusionary formations they cause, and what performances emerge from these processes. Finally, the chapter explores the mutual links between the constitution of friendship, children’s everyday practices, and place.

Keywords:   friendship, peer relations, performativity, social affirmation, place, inclusion and exclusion

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