Children's peer relationships and social identities: Exploring cases of young children's agency and complex interdependencies from the Minority World

  • Konstantoni K
  • 22


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 9


    Citations of this article.


Childhood studies' research, particularly in the UK, has tended to highlight children's agency, with the interest in showing children as 'independent social actors' and as 'beings in their own right'. Recently, childhood studies have been 'troubling' the notion of agency for undervaluing interdependencies. Children's peer relations, friendships and social identities form an important domain, where children's agency and complex interdependencies can be explored. This paper draws on ethnographic research in Scottish early childhood settings, to discuss how children draw upon similarities and differences between themselves particularly in relation to age/competence, gender and ethnicity - as they negotiate friendship groupings.

Author-supplied keywords

  • agency
  • belonging
  • ethnographic
  • interdependencies
  • peer relations
  • social identities

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Kristina Konstantoni

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free