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Children's rights in research about religion and spirituality

Alderson, P; (2011) Children's rights in research about religion and spirituality. In: Ridgely, Susan B, (ed.) The Study of Children in Religions: A Methods Handbook. (pp. 50-64). NYU Press Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter reviews approaches that can help to deepen our understanding of children's religion and spirituality. The approaches include ways to use rights-respecting research methods and theories, to see children as real persons, and to connect their lives to “adult worlds” by analyzing how politics, economics, and other social structures intersect with religion. These approaches also draw on the profound insights of earlier sociologists and philosophers. Besides attending to the meaning in children's own accounts, researchers need to examine secular influences on today's faiths and religious education, and to assess these against the founding precepts that religions tend to share.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Children's rights in research about religion and spirituality
ISBN: 0814776469
ISBN-13: 9780814776469
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776469.003.0004
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.18574/nyu/9780814776469.003.0...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: children's religion, children's spirituality, rights-respecting, research methods, secular influences, religious education
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1535508
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