Complexity Theory, Early Childhood Development and Social Justice: Creating a Space for Children’s Voices

Jacqueline Hayden, Zinnia Mevawalla, Clare Britt, Sanobia Palkhiwala

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Abstract

Complexity theory provides a framework by which traditional conceptualisations of childhood and participation can be challenged and re-contextualised. In this paper we describe how a complexity theory lens is useful in illuminating the interplay of early childhood development (ECD) with democracy and social justice. Aspects of complexity such as emergence and recurrency can be used to challenge pervading notions of marginalisation and vulnerability, especially for young children in low and middle-income (LAMI) contexts. This framework allows for alternate conceptualisations of childhood that incorporate children’s power, participation and agency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren and Childhood
Subtitle of host publicationPractices and Perspectives
EditorsChandni Basu, Vicky Anderson-Patton
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
Pages217-227
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781848881792
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • early childhood development
  • complexity theory
  • conceptualisations of childhood
  • children’s voices

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Hayden, J., Mevawalla, Z., Britt, C., & Palkhiwala, S. (2013). Complexity Theory, Early Childhood Development and Social Justice: Creating a Space for Children’s Voices. In C. Basu, & V. Anderson-Patton (Eds.), Children and Childhood: Practices and Perspectives (pp. 217-227). https://doi.org/10.1163/9781848881792_020