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Linda McKie and Sarah Cunningham-Burley

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346438

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346438.001.0001

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Children’s boundaries: within and beyond families

Children’s boundaries: within and beyond families

(p.76) (p.77) Five Children’s boundaries: within and beyond families
Families in society

Malcolm Hill

Policy Press

This chapter draws attention to children's own creation of boundaries, then considers parents' perspectives and subsequently gives brief attention to family boundaries. It engages with a range of literature offering a comprehensive and in-depth review of theoretical and empirical work on childhood, families and boundaries. The chapter reflects on how children and parents negotiate crucial distinctions as regards the familiar and trusted, on the one hand, and the strange or threatening, on the other. Boundaries established among relationships and spaces in children's lives are fluid at any one time and evolve as time goes by. The boundaries created mediate the exchange of ideas, emotion, trust and practical assistance. The discussion suggests the need to integrate understandings of children in their own right and as located within relationships.

Keywords:   childhood, family life, children's boundaries, children's relationships

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