Children's Lives in Southern Europe
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Children's Lives in Southern Europe

Contemporary Challenges and Risks

Edited by Lourdes Gaitán, Yannis Pechtelidis, Catarina Tomás and Natália Fernandes

This interdisciplinary book provides a sociological view of the contemporary experiences of children in Southern Europe. Focusing on regions deeply affected by the 2008 economic crisis, it offers a detailed investigation into the impact of economic downturn and austerity on the lives of children.
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Chapter 8: Poverty, well-being and educational opportunities for children in contemporary Greece: the cases of two after-school programmes

Yannis Pechtelidis and Stelios Pantazidis

Abstract

This is an ethnographic study dealing with childhood and children’s education in after-school programmes. Its purpose is the sociological investigation of the social construction of child subjectivity in the workshops of two different after-school programmes (ASPs). The participating children are socially differentiated in terms of living conditions and opportunities in education. The study focuses on the specific experiences of these children in ASPs, as well as the interweave of ASPs’ activities with educational and social inequalities from a sociological angle. A main assumption in this chapter is that the reproduction and expansion of inequality occur not only at the level of economy but also of culture and, specifically, that of cultural capital. Under that prism, we examine the interaction between the children (subjects) and the ASPs (structures) as symbolic mechanisms that transmit a specific cultural capital to their child members, aiming in their well-being; how children experience and actively manage their presence in them; as well as the way in which children’s cultural capital is articulated with that of the ASPs.

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