Radical democratic citizenship at the edge of life: Young children, cafés and intergenerational and intersectional activism

Kristina Konstantoni*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Current approaches to radical democratic citizenship seek to open up new spaces for political action and politicise ordinariness. However, a question remains as to the extent to which current radical approaches to citizenship include one of the most overlooked groups: very young children. This article focuses on radical democratic citizenship and early childhood (0 to 8 years old), where rights are often violated and activism is not always recognised, particularly in everyday public spaces. Drawing on critical reflections from recent research projects focusing on young children’s rights in everyday public spaces, I argue that radical democratic citizenship in early childhood can be conceptualised through intergenerational and intersectional activism and through an analysis of children’s ordinary political acts which render visible processes of radical change.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIdentities
Early online date21 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • activism
  • cafés
  • intergenerational
  • intersectional
  • public spaces
  • young children

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