The Ideologies of Children's Rights


It is often said that you can judge a society by the way it treats its weaker members. This book takes this theme and examines the ways in which different aspects of children's lives are treated in a number of societies. To this end it uses the conduit of children's rights. The importance of children's rights as an ideology and in practice is critically examined by a group of academics and practitioners with an international reputation and wide experience and insight. The book offers an understanding of the moral foundations of children's rights and enables all those in whatever discipline to gain a deeper understanding of an issue which has assumed major importance with the passing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Part I: Theory. Introduction: Rights, Ideology and Children. Children's Rights: The Theoretical Underpinning of the `Best Interests of the Child'. The Limits of Children's Rights. The Rights of Children are Universal: The Perspective of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Relevance of Theories of Natural Law and Legal Positivism. The UN Convention and the Network of International Human Rights Protection by the UN. Changes in Child Images: Reflections in National and International Rules and Jurisdiction in Europe. Cultural and Regional Pluralism in the Drafting of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Rights of Children in a Changing World. The Concept of the `Best Interest' in Terms of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Attitudes to Children -- Their Consequences for Work for Children. Theory and Practice. The Role of Children in the Making of Decisions which Affect Them. What Children's Rights Mean to Children: Children's Own Views. How do Children Perceive their Rights? An Outline for Research and Professional Discussion. Part II: Application. The Ideology of Liberal Individualism, Welfare Rights and the Right to Education. The Child's Right to Health. Reconstructing Child Abuse: Western Definition and Non-Western Experience. Juvenile Justice Policy: Mapping the Criteria. The Meaning of Human Rights for Children. Child Protection in Germany. The Development of Equitable Remedies for Children with Disabilities Cocaine's Smallest Victims: Advocacy on Behalf of Drug-Exposed Infants. Little Foreign Bodies: International Dimensions of Child Prostitution. The Protection of Children in Armed Conflict. Towards a More Integrated Base for the Children's Rights Movement: Objectives and Outcome of the First International Interdisciplinary Study-Group on Children's Rights. Index.
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