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Children as Equals : Exploring the Rights of the Child

Children as Equals : Exploring the Rights of the Child - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761823018

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ISBN10: 0761823018
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Publisher: University Press of America
Published: 2002
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Children as Equals : Exploring the Rights of the Child - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761823018

Kathleen Alaimo and Brian Ed. Klug

ISBN13: 978-0761823018
ISBN10: 0761823018
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: University Press of America

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Children as Equals explores the subject of children's rights. The twelve chapters are written by authors whose disciplines include history, law, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The book explores such questions as: What is a child? How did the movement for the rights of the child originate, and what is its relation to the human rights movement? What do we mean by rights? To which rights are children entitled? Should their rights vary with age and competency? What about the rights of parents? The complete text of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), to which nearly all the chapters refer, is reproduced in an Appendix. Several chapters examine the implications of two of the Convention's fundamental principles: "the best interests of the child" and "the evolving capacities of the child." Four chapters focus on the legal status of children in the United States, especially in connection with custody and abuse. The book aims to introduce the subject of children's rights to a general educated audience, and provides a thoughtful resource for academics, legal professionals, counseling practitioners, policymakers, lawmakers, and parents.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Historical Roots of Children's Rights in Europe and the United States

Wendy and Peter Pan: Exploring the Concept of the Child

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Developing International Norms to Create a New World for Children

Psychology and the Rights of the Child

Rights of the Child: A Philosophical Approach

The Promise of Rights for Children: Best Interests and Evolving Capacities

Creating the Child, Constructing the State: People v. Turner, 1870

A Child-Centered Jurisprudence: Reconciling the Rights of Children and Parents Within the Family

The Right to Be Heard: The Child as a Legal Person

Child Advocacy in the United States and the Power of International Human Rights Law

Children's Rights in the Curriculum

Children's Studies and the Human Rights of Children: Toward a Unified Approach

Appendix: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)

Suggestions for Further Reading

Index

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