The International Economy of Children’s Rights: Issues in Translation

in The International Journal of Children's Rights
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text
Rent on DeepDyve

Have an Access Token?



Enter your access token to activate and access content online.

Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token.



Help

Have Institutional Access?



Access content through your institution. Any other coaching guidance?



Connect

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (uncrc) is an international legal text that necessitates multiple translations into national policy contexts if it is to become mobilised within professional practice. The aim of this paper is to foreground this process of translation and to identify some of the limitations inherent within present mobilisations of the uncrc. On the basis of this diagnosis, we then raise a series of ethical considerations that might inform a more critical and open-ended approach.

We characterise current approaches to mobilising the uncrc as an international economy of rights and we represent this diagrammatically. This economy, we contend, involves multiple translations of the uncrc text into a series of performative demands to which adults become accountable in situations of professional practice with children and young people.

We then critically analyse this economy as presently instituted and point to a number of inherent limitations. We argue that a failure to address the issue of translation from legal text to relational practice has led to a technical resolution. The potential challenge of the uncrc as an authoritative text of critique is further weakened by the promotion of a consensus thinking that privileges agreement over the complexities associated with ethical thinking. In the light of this critique, the paper identifies new lines of questioning to inform debate concerning how a children’s rights agenda might be refracted differently in future.

The International Economy of Children’s Rights: Issues in Translation

in The International Journal of Children's Rights

Sections

References

Arendt H. The Crisis in Education” in Between past and future: Eight exercises in political thought (New York: The Viking Press1993: 173196).

Austin J.L. How to do Things with Words (Oxford: Oxford University Press1978).

Barad K. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Mechanics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Durham and London: Duke University Press2007).

Carvalho E. Measuring Children’s Rights: An Alternative Approach”International Journal of Children’s Rights16 (2008): 545563.

Cmiel K. The Recent History of Human Rights”The American Historical Review109 (1) (2004): 117135.

Edwards A. Daniels H. Gallagher T. Leadbetter J. and Warmington P. Improving Inter-Professional Collaborations: Learning to do multi-agency work (Abingdon: Routledge2009).

Ennew J. and Miljeteig P. Indicators for children’s rights: progress report on a project”International Journal of Children’s Rights4 (1996): 213236.

Evans T. International Human Rights Law as Power/Knowledge”Human Rights Quarterly27 (3) (2005): 104668.

Fenwick T.J. Professional responsibility and professionalism: a sociomaterial examination (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge2016).

Foucault M. Polemics, politics and problemizations” in Rabinow P. (ed.) The Foucault Reader (Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin1991).

Gherardi S. and Landri P. (2014) “‘I Sign, Therefore I am’ (Un)stable Traces of Professional Practices”Professions and Professionalism4 (2).

gtcs (General Teaching Council Scotland) The Standards (n.d.): http://www.gtcs.org.uk/professional-standards/professional-standards.aspx

I’Anson J. uncrc at 25: a critical assessment of achievements and trajectories with reference to educational research” in Gillett-Swan J. and Coppock V. (eds.) Children’s Rights Educational Research and the uncrc past present and future (Oxford: Symposium2016: 1737).

I’Anson J. Beyond the Child’s Voice: towards an ethics for children’s participation rights”Global Studies of Childhood 3 (2) (2013): 104114.

I’Anson J. Childhood, Complexity Orientation and Children’s Rights: enlarging the space of the possible?”Education Inquiry2 (3) (2011): 373384.

James A. and James A.L. European Childhoods: Cultures Politics and Childhoods in Europe (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2008).

James A. Giving Voice to Children’s Voices: Practices and Problems, Pitfalls and Potentials”American Anthropologist109 (2) (2007): 261272.

Kaime T. ‘Vernacularising’ the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Rights and Culture as Analytic Tools”International Journal of Children’s Rights18 (4) (2010): 637653.

Latour B. The strange entanglement of jurimorphs” a chapter prepared for a volume edited by McGee K. Bruno Latour and the Passage of Law (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2015): http://www.bruno-latour.fr/node/614.

Latour B. An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns (Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London: Harvard University Press 2013).

Latour B. The Making of Law: An Ethnography of the Conseil d’Etat (Cambridge and Malden ma.: Polity Press 2009).

Latour B. Reassembling the Social – An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2005).

Latour B. Pandora’s Hope: Essays on the Reality of Science Studies (Harvard University Press 1999).

Monteith M. and O’Connor Bones U. Developing Child Rights Indicators”unesco Centre University of Ulster (2013). Powerpoint available at: http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/assembly-business/research-and-information-service-raise/knowledge-exchange/knowledge-exchange-seminars-series-2/.

Moon C. What One Sees and How One Files Seeing: Human Rights Reporting, Representation and Action”Sociology 46 (5) (2012): 876890.

Quennerstedt A. “Children’s rights research moving into the future: challenges on the way forwardThe International Journal of Children’s Rights 21 (2) (2013): 233247.

Readings B. Pagans, Perverts or Primitives?” in Dhillon P. and Standish P. (eds.) Lyotard: Just Education (London and New York: Routledge1992).

Reynaert D. Bouverne-De Bie M. and Vandevelde S. Between ‘believers’ and ‘opponents’: Critical discussions on children’s rights”International Journal of Children’s Rights 20(1) (2012): 155168.

Reynaert D. Bouverne-de Bie M. and Vandevelde S. A review of children’s rights literature since the adoption of the United Nations convention on the rights of the child”Childhood 16(4) (2009): 518534.

Robbins J. Beyond the suffering subject: toward an anthropology of the good”Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (n.s.)19 (2013): 447462.

Robinson C. Developing Mutually Respectful Adult-child Relationships in Schools: Is this a reality experienced equally by all pupils?Research Intelligence British Educational Research Association (bera) Issue 125 (2014): 1819.

Seymour J.K. Not rights but reciprocal responsibilities” in Mold A. and Reubi D. Assembling Health Rights in Global Context: Genealogies and Anthropologies (London: Routledge 2013: 2341).

Thede N. Human Rights and Statistics – Some Reflections on the No-Man’s-Land between Concept and IndicatorStatistical Journal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe18 (2–3) (2001): 259273.

Williams B. Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy (London: Fontana1985).

Figures

Information

Content Metrics

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 83 83 17
Full Text Views 83 83 70
PDF Downloads 5 5 1
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0