Spaces of spiritual citizenship: children’s relational and emotional encounters with the everyday school environment’

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    Abstract

    This article addresses the issue of children’s spiritual, relational and emotional encounters with the primary school environment, with reference to concepts and theories from both education studies and human geography. Drawing on mixed-method qualitative research in two case study institutions, the article examines pupils’ photographed ‘special places’ and the embodied spiritual practices that occurred within everyday informal spaces around the school environments. The significance of adult power and children’s spiritual agency is explored in the analysis, emphasising the potentially political nature of spiritual practices and processes. In so doing, the implications for spiritual citizenship are addressed as part of the current wider interest in children’s rights and participation in school ethos and decision-making.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)74-91
    JournalInternational Journal of Children’s Spirituality
    Volume18
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2013

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