Rematerialising Children’s Agency

Everyday Practices in a Post-Socialist Estate

Matej Blazek

Rematerialising Children’s Agency

Matej Blazek

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447322740 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
An original, detailed ethnographic account of children’s everyday lives in a small, deprived neighborhood of postsocialist Bratislava called Kopcany, Rematerialising Children’s Agency provides novel empirical insight into the experience of growing up after twenty-five years of postsocialist transformations. A rising star in the study of children’s geographies, Matej Blazek explores the formation of children’s agency and its many sources, detailing the significance of intersecting themes from embodiment to complex social institutions as he asks key questions like: What happens if we accept children’s practices as cornerstones of communities? What is uncovered if we examine adults’ interactions with children in everyday community spaces? Drawing on a background in youth work, Blazek offers in-depth insights into both children’s lives and the priorities and needs of practitioners, making this book of value across a range of disciplines and geographies.
Contents
List of tables, figures and maps
About the author
Acknowledgements

Part One
1. Introduction

Part Two
2. Locating the field
3. Practising the field
4. Thinking the field

Part Three
5. Public spaces of Kopčany
6. The body and embodiment
7. Things
8. Everyday social encounters and circumscribed routines
9. Family life
10. Friendship
11. Notions of social identity

Part Four
12. Rematerialising children’s agency

References
Index
Review Quotes
Slavic Review
"[Blazek's] dynamic, interactive, and reflexive approach to discovery is based on a strong foundation in theory but is not limited by it. . . . [This] book offers a springboard for further studies on the sociopolitical and cultural relevance of child agency."
Bettina van Hoven, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
“Inspirational for a variety of people, both academics and practitioners, this book draws extensively on rich empirical data and original field notes as well as being grounded in the relevant literatures. It offers many thoughts on the details of everyday life and the ethics of studying this.”
Peter Kraftl, University of Birmingham
“Based in rich, insightful empirical analyses, this important book offers a unique theory of children’s social-political action, both rooted in and effective beyond local places. A timely intervention into contemporary academic debates about children’s agency.”
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