Barry Percy-Smith and Marilyn Taylor

Abstract

Interest in children's participation has in the main come about as a result of the UNCRC. However, children's participation is also relevant to a wider global interest in citizen and community participation more generally. But there is surprisingly little sharing of experience and learning between the research communities concerned with children's participation on the one hand and community engagement and empowerment on the other. This article seeks to address that gap by reflecting on the learning from both of these traditions, drawing mainly on UK experience. It begins by outlining some of the key dilemmas and challenges facing children's participation. It then explores the parallels between that experience and the experience of community participation in New Labour's neighbourhood and democratic renewal programmes. It goes on to consider some theoretical tools for responding to the common dilemmas in both settings, before discussing the implications for children's participation. It ends by arguing that more attention to children's participation could benefit community engagement policy and practice more widely.

Història de Jacob Xalabín / History of Yakub Çelebi

A Critical Edition, with an Introduction, Notes, and English Translation

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Edited by Juan Carlos Bayo Julve and Barry Taylor

The Història de Jacob Xalabín, an anonymous novel written in Catalan c.1400, focuses on the figure of the Ottoman prince Yakub Çelebi, son of Murad I and half-brother of Bayezid I. It ends with the first detailed account of the battle of Kosovo of 1389, which left a lasting mark on the history of the Balkans.
This text, mixing historical and fictional elements, is one of the earliest depictions in Western Literature of the rising Ottoman empire. Because of this, it is most relevant for Mediterranean studies and debates about orientalism. Juan Carlos Bayo has prepared a new critical edition of this novel, with an introduction and notes, and Barry Taylor offers its first translation ever into the English language. The volume is completed with an appendix of texts and documents on the Turkish connections of the Crown of Aragon.