Child Participation in Russia: Theoretical and Practical Developments

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Abstract

The article analyzes the development of practice and development of theoretical grounds for child participation in contemporary Russia. Children’s participation is considered as an interdisciplinary field of research, and as the practice of taking into account children’s views at different levels: in everyday life, in family and in local community, in organizations and in self-government bodies. Children are considered as reflective actors: co-authors of research and evaluation of social projects. The analysis uses publications describing the practice and results of researching children’s participation; key legal documents; materials from expert discussions, as well as data on relevant international experience. Data on the views of various stakeholders — specialists, parents, and children themselves — on the issues of child participation are compared and contrasted. The authors conclude that there is no unified system of child participation in Russia, and the most common approaches to its study vary in their methodological groundings. The current situation does not pose serious controversy and threats to the development of children’s participation; it may be favorable for the diversification and competition of approaches to development of child participation practices and their study. Recommendations are given on the themes of further applied research.

General Information

Keywords: child participation in decision-making, participatory research, child participation in evaluation, interdisciplinary research of childhood

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/ssc.2020010106

For citation: Archakova T.O., Garifulina E.Sh. Child Participation in Russia: Theoretical and Practical Developments [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sotsial’nye nauki i detstvo = Social Sciences and Childhood, 2020. Vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 68–87. DOI: 10.17759/ssc.2020010106. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Tatyana O. Archakova, Psychologist and Methodologist, Charity Child Foundation “Victoria”, Charity Foundation “Volunteers to Help Orphans”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6161-2946, e-mail: tatyana.archakova@gmail.com

Elvira S. Garifulina, PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor, Department of Legal and Forensic Psychology and Law, Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Program Director, “Absolute-Help” Charity Foundation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4306-3899, e-mail: egarifulina@timchenkofoundation.org

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