Children: Rights and Childhood

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"Children: Rights and Childhood is widely regarded as the first book to offer a detailed philosophical examination of children's rights. Drawing on a wide variety of sources from law and literature to politics and psychology, David Archard provides a clear and accessible introduction to a topic that has assumed increasing relevance since the book's first publication." The second edition has been fully revised and updated including a new preface, a new chapter on children's moral and legal rights, taking into account the United Nations Convention
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Overview

"Children: Rights and Childhood is widely regarded as the first book to offer a detailed philosophical examination of children's rights. Drawing on a wide variety of sources from law and literature to politics and psychology, David Archard provides a clear and accessible introduction to a topic that has assumed increasing relevance since the book's first publication." The second edition has been fully revised and updated including a new preface, a new chapter on children's moral and legal rights, taking into account the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and a new chapter on children under the law, taking changes in European law into account.
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'An exhaustive and meticulously comprehensive examination of children's rights from both a moral and a legal perspective...a fine basic text, and a worthwhile introduction to the complex issue of children's rights.' Metapsychology

'This is an intellectually stimulating and sometimes controversial philosophical analysis of children and their rights of both general and professional interest.' - Journal of the Institute of Health Education

'The argument is clear, it is well reasoned and balanced ... this is a thought-provoking text and as such a highly recommendable read. Its audience could range from policy-makers to sixth-formers.' - Children & Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415305839
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/26/2004
  • Series: Ideas Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David Archard is Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. He is author of Sexual Consent, The Family: A Liberal Defence, and co-editor of The Moral and Political Status of Children, and of Procreation and Parenthood: The Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children.

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Table of Contents

1 John Locke's children 1
2 The concept of childhood 19
3 The modern conception of childhood 37
4 Children's rights : moral and legal 53
5 Liberation or caretaking? 70
6 Arbitrariness and incompetence 85
7 Children's rights to vote and sexual choice 98
8 The wrongs of children's rights 112
9 Children under the law 125
10 Bearing and rearing 137
11 Family and state 153
12 Parental rights to privacy and autonomy 167
13 Collectivism 178
14 The problem of child abuse 192
15 Conclusion : a modest collectivist proposal 207
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