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Children's Rights and Power (Children in Charge Series #9): Charging Up for a New Century
     

Children's Rights and Power (Children in Charge Series #9): Charging Up for a New Century

by Mary John
 

Examining children's rights from a global perspective, Mary John considers how children experience power, being powerful and the transformation of power relationships. She explores this issue objectively yet compassionately, comparing the situation of children to that of powerless minority groups and asking why children are rarely included in debates on social

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Examining children's rights from a global perspective, Mary John considers how children experience power, being powerful and the transformation of power relationships. She explores this issue objectively yet compassionately, comparing the situation of children to that of powerless minority groups and asking why children are rarely included in debates on social accountability, freedom and autonomy.
Examining children's rights in relation to current thinking about the nature of power, the role of competence within this, and how perception of power is determined by culture and economics, she presents discussion of issues and movements affecting children around the world uncovered in her research, including:
· the Children's Parliament in India
· the rise in violence among Japanese schoolchildren
· child soldiers in Africa
· democratic schooling in Albany, USA.
She argues that democracies are not only sought in the public sphere, they are created within the emotional intimacies of private social worlds, presenting the child with new challenges for the recognition and realization of their rightful autonomy and agency. With in-depth research and thought-provoking discussion, this book supplies a wealth of information for policy makers, social workers and academics, articulated in a compelling and lively style.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853026584
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Children in Charge Series , #9
Pages:
304

Meet the Author

Mary John is a developmental psychologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Exeter. She has worked in the field of disability rehabilitation and independent living and has researched with minority rights groups.

Mary John is a developmental psychologist, widely recognised for her research on the transformation of power relationships. She has held a number of advisory positions with international agencies such as OECD and the EU. Prior to retirement she was Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Exeter, where she is now Professor Emeritus. Recently the Open University made her a Doctor of the university in recognition of 'services to the educationally underprivileged'.

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