How is children’s leisure activities co-created?

In focusing on camps offered by the municipal social services to children with disabilities, my doctoral thesis explores how the children, together with key actors and actants, takes part in co-creating and forming what is understood as meaningful leisure time.

Article 31 in the Children’s Rights Convention states that all children has a right to “relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities”, but how are these activities carried out and how does children cooperate with others in order make leisure activities meaningful?

In order to explore these questions, my doctoral thesis focus on camps arranged by Swedish municipalities for children with disabilities, and how they engage in co-creating meaningful leisure activities together with other involved actors – from peers, parents, assistants and camp employees to organizations, ocuments, aid equipment and geographical locations etc.

My choice in focusing on children with disabilities is done from the standpoint that this groups active engagement in the creation of their own daily lives and free time tends to be overlooked. Thus, to explore their active engagement in creating their own lives is also a way to give voice to these children. That children with disabilities often are part of greater networks were humans, organizations and non-human actors play an important role in the co-creation of the children’s leisure time is also key for the study, as this interaction between human and non-human entities constantly immerse in our material day and age.

The theoretical outline of this thesis is sprung from assemblage theory, crip- and post-human theory.

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