This chapter addresses selected problems and dilemmas that arise in research with children from the Global South, insofar as it is conducted by adults residing in countries of the Global North. The chapter identifies some reasons for these problems and asks to what extent and in which way ethical principles can be of help in dealing with and overcoming these problems. After presenting the inequalities in the globalized postcolonial world as a political and ethical problem, it discusses the possibilities of adopting ethical symmetry in contemporary childhood studies. Selected dilemmas are discussed that arise from the epistemological environment of the researchers. The chapter questions some of the attempts to give a voice to the children of the Global South, and finally shows why childhood studies needs to free itself from Eurocentric premises and decolonize itself, as well as how this can be achieved.
Children in the Global South continue to be affected by social disadvantage in our unequal post-colonial world order. With a focus on working-class children in Latin America, this book explores the challenges of promoting children’s rights in a decolonizing context.
Liebel and colleagues give insights into the political lives of children and demonstrate ways in which the concept of children’s rights can be made meaningful at the grassroots level. Looking to the future, they consider how collaborative research with children can counteract their marginalization and oppression in society.
14 Sep 2023
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