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Rethinking Children's Rights : Attitudes in Contemporary Society - Sue;Jones,Phil Welch

Rethinking Children's Rights

Attitudes in Contemporary Society

Paperback Published: 18th March 2010
ISBN: 9781847063243
Number Of Pages: 208

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Rethinking Children's Rights explores attitudes towards and experiences of children's rights. Phil Jones and Sue Welch draw on a wide range of thought, research and practice from different fields and countries to debate, challenge and re-appraise long held beliefs, attitudes and ways of working and living with children. Children's own perspectives on their lives and on adults' attitudes towards them are drawn on throughout the book.

Recent developments in the definition of rights are considered from a variety of perspectives and arenas of children's lives and the future impact of these changes on children's lives, and for those who feature in children's lives, are examined. The themes discussed include power relations between adults and children, the child's voice, intercultural perspectives, social justice, social exclusion, empowerment, gender and disability.

Examples of research, reflections on research, activities, key points and guidance on further reading make this a really accessible text.

Rethinking Children's Rights is essential for those studying childhood at undergraduate and graduate level, and of great interest to those working with children in any field.

About the Author

Sue Welch was formerly a Principal Lecturer and Course Leader in Childhood Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and has lectured at the University of York St John, UK.

Phil Jones is Professor of Children's Rights and Wellbeing at UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK. He has published a number of books and articles and has recently completed research for the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England on Children's Rights in Education.

Industry Reviews

'The authors do an excellent job of moving beyond explaining children's rights in a narrow legalistic sense to describing what a children's right's perspective can offer.'Children and Young People Now, 27th July
'Ideal for those studying childhood at undergraduate and graduate level ... [Rethinking Children's Rights] explores attitudes towards, and experiences of, children's rights, highlighting the cultural, legal and political changes for practitioners ... Recommended reading.' Early Years Educator
'Welch and Jones have produced a much-needed book that highlights for practitioners the cultural, legal and political challenges - as well as opportunities - for promoting children's rights, by taking an open-eyed look at the necessity of understanding these rights within local context and culture. This book provides a roadmap of investigative questions that researchers and practitioners alike can use in navigating the complex and compelling domain of children's rights.' Felisa Tibbitts, Director, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), USA
'The book is written in an interactive and easy to read style that would be accessible to anyone who works with children and is interested in learning more about children's rights... The book would also be useful reading for policy-makers and practitioners who are interested in taking concrete steps to ensure that the goals outlined in the UNCRC are realized through policy practice.'--Sanford Lakoff

Introduction to New Childhoods Seriesp. ix
Debates, Dilemmas and Challenges: The Background to Children's Rights
Introduction to Rethinking Children's Rightsp. 3
Introduction and key questionsp. 3
Do societies see child rights in different ways?p. 4
What do the different responses to the UNCRC reveal?p. 6
What issues are emerging in relation to rethinking children's rights?p. 13
How can negative responses to the rights agenda be used to help rethink children's rights?p. 21
Summaryp. 27
Children's Rights: definitions and developmentsp. 29
Introduction and key questionsp. 29
Is there a common understanding of the term 'right?p. 30
What differences exist in relation to children's rights?p. 34
How can the history of children's rights help us understand current issues?p. 40
How do ideas about adult-child relationships affect thinking about children's rights?p. 48
What does research tell us about the state of children's rights internationally and in the United Kingdom?p. 51
Summaryp. 55
Further readingp. 56
Research detailsp. 56
An Interdisciplinary Review of Recent Research and Scholarship
Children's Rights: current tensions, debates and researchp. 61
Introduction and key questionsp. 61
What are current, emerging tensions and debates in relation to children's rights?p. 62
What are some of the implications of these tensions?p. 66
What is research showing us about tensions and debates concerning children's rights?p. 73
Summaryp. 80
Further readingp. 81
Research detailsp. 81
Implications for Children's Lives
Rights and the 'Child's Voice'p. 85
Introduction and key questionsp. 85
What is the meaning of 'child's voice?p. 86
How does 'voice' relate to rights?p. 90
What is research revealing about rights-informed practices relating to voice and participation?p. 95
Summaryp. 108
Further readingp. 108
Research detailsp. 108
Rights and Decision Makingp. 110
Introduction and key questionsp. 110
In what ways does decision making feature in children's lives?p. 111
What is the relationship between children's rights and decision making?p. 114
What tensions are emerging concerning decision making and children?p. 116
What does research reveal about the impact of new thinking and practice in relation to rights and decision making in different spaces within children's lives?p. 125
Summaryp. 132
Further readingp. 132
Research detailsp. 133
A Rights Perspective on Family Lifep. 135
Introduction and key questionsp. 135
Is there a relationship between children, their families and rights?p. 136
Can the family support children's rights?p. 137
How do economic, social and political factors affect families in relation to rights?p. 139
What is the role of the state in relation to carers, children and their rights?p. 152
How can we understand the relationship between children, families and rights?p. 157
Summaryp. 159
Further readingp. 160
Research detailsp. 160
Working with Childrenp. 163
Introduction and key questionsp. 163
In what kind of contexts does work with children occur?p. 164
What rights issues arise for those working with children?p. 167
What can research tell us about what children want from those who work with them?p. 172
What positive examples are there of working with children?p. 175
Summaryp. 182
Further readingp. 182
Research detailsp. 182
Referencesp. 184
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9781847063243
ISBN-10: 1847063241
Series: New Childhoods
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 18th March 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

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