Since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) children’s rights have assumed a central position in a wide variety of disciplines and policies.
This handbook offers an engaging overview of the contemporary research landscape for those people in the theory and practice of children’s rights. The volume offers a multidisciplinary approach to children’s rights, as well as key thematic issues in children’s rights at the intersection of global and local concerns. The main approaches and topics within the volume are:
• Law, social work, and the sociology of childhood and anthropology
• Geography, childhood studies, gender studies and citizenship studies
• Participation, education and health
• Juvenile justice and alternative care
• Violence against children and female genital mutilation
• Child labour, working children and child poverty
• Migration, indigenous children and resource exploitation
The specially commissioned chapters have been written by renowned scholars and researchers and come together to provide a critical and invaluable guide to the challenges and dilemmas currently facing children’s rights.
1. Introduction: A critical approach to children’s rights, Didier Reynaert, Ellen Desmet, Sara Lembrechts and Wouter Vandenhole Part 1. Disciplinary perspectives 2. Children’s rights from a legal perspective: Children’s rights law, Wouter Vandenhole 3. The Convention on the Rights of the Child: Reflections from a historical, social policy and educational perspective, Eugeen Verhellen 4. Children’s rights and childhood studies: From living apart together to a happy marriage, Bruno Vanobbergen 5. Children’s rights and the sociology of childhood, Berry Mayall 6. Children’s rights from a social work perspective: Towards a lifeworld orientation, Didier Reynaert and Rudi Roose 7. Children’s rights from an anthropological perspective: Critiques, resistances and powers, Geraldine André 8. Children’s rights from a critical geographic perspective, Stuart Aitken 9. Children’s rights and gender studies: Gender, intersectionality and the ethics of care, Katrien De Graeve 10. Children’s rights and citizenship studies: Re-theorising child citizenship through transdisciplinarity from the local to the global, Richard Mitchell Part 2. Selected themes at the intersection of the global and the local 11. Children and young people’s participation, Kay Tisdall 12. Education and children’s rights, Ann Quennerstedt 13. Health and children’s rights, Ursulla Kilkelly 14. Juvenile justice from a children’s rights perspective, Ton Liefaard 15. The human rights of children in the context of formal alternative care, Nigel Cantwell 16. Violence against children, Gertrud Lenzer 17. Female genital mutilation in Europe from a children’s rights perspective, Els Leye and Annemarie Middelburg 18. Child labour, working children and children’s rights, Karl Hanson, Diana Volonakis and Mohammed Al-Rozzi 19. The human rights of children in the context of international migration, Pablo Ceriani Cernadas 20. Child poverty in the context of global social development, Francine Mestrum 21. Indigenous children’s rights: Opportunities in appropriation and transformation, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen 22. Natural resource exploitation and children’s rights, Ellen Desmet and José Aylwin 23. Conclusions: Towards a field of critical children’s rights studies, Ellen Desmet, Sara Lembrechts, Didier Reynaert and Wouter Vandenhole.