The notion of childhood in non-governmental organizations

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Neslihan Avci


The aim of this study is to describe the view of childhood in international and national non-governmental organizations that work for the benefit of children. In line with the objective of this study, a comprehensive screening was made through the Google Search Engine using the key words NGO (non-governmental organization), international, national and child, ensuring the collection of relevant data. We identified ten international and four national non-governmental organizations (NGO)working for the benefit of children. The websites of these NGOs were screened, and the information they provided under What We Do, About Us, Mission and Vision sections were saved. The data was then evaluated using the categories of childhood constructions developed by Sorin (2005) and analyzed by means of a content analysis. As a result the websites of international NGOs mainly used the image of the “child as a victim.”An evaluation of the data from national NGO’s websites revealed that these NGOs generally used the image of the innocent child and the child as a victim.
Keywords: Childhood, view of childhood, non – governmental organizations.


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Avci, N. (2017). The notion of childhood in non-governmental organizations. New Trends and Issues Proceedings on Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(1), 468-474.