Implementing The Un Convention On The Rights Of The Child

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The human right to survive and develop, a fundamental premise of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, can be attained only if adequate living conditions are secured for the child. This book reviews the significance of the physical, mental, spiritual, moral, and social aspects of holistic child development called for by Article 27 of the Convention. The editors share a vision of childhood wherein the child is accorded dignity, and opportunities exist to promote advancement of human potential. ...

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Overview

The human right to survive and develop, a fundamental premise of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, can be attained only if adequate living conditions are secured for the child. This book reviews the significance of the physical, mental, spiritual, moral, and social aspects of holistic child development called for by Article 27 of the Convention. The editors share a vision of childhood wherein the child is accorded dignity, and opportunities exist to promote advancement of human potential. Contributors from several nations and a variety of disciplines, including psychology, law, social work, medicine, economics, and international studies, address the challenge of identifying adequate living conditions across cultures and discuss issues affecting communities and governments as they attempt to fulfill their responsibilities to children and their families. Key themes throughout the book are the significance of the child's perspective, the primacy of the family environment, the need to balance the interests of diverse cultures while reducing historical inequities, and the ecological interdependence of children, families, communities, and nations. The editors and contributors call for organized social and political action to realize the child's right to develop, including ways to measure and monitor children's well-being beyond survival.

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In 1989, the UN General Assembly adopted an extraordinary document, the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Almost every nation of the world has ratified or acceded to it, with the exception of the US and Somalia. Article 27 of the Convention recognizes "the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral, and social development." This work analyzes the nature and importance of Article 27 and potential implementation strategies if societies were to take seriously the obligation they have accepted. Based on a May 1996 symposium. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275962654
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/1999
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

ARLENE BOWERS ANDREWS is Director of the Division of Family Policy at the University of South Carolina Institute for Families in Society and Associate Professor of Social Work.

NATALIE HEVENER KAUFMAN is Professor of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina and Director of the Office of Families and Democracy at the USC Institute for Families in Society.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 Securing Adequate Living Conditions for Each Child's Development 3
2 Drafting and Interpreting Article 27 17
3 The International Effort to Measure and Monitor the State of Children 33
4 The Meaning of Child's Standard of Living 47
5 The Relationship Between Standard of Living and Physical Development 59
6 An Adequate Standard of Living Necessary for Children's Cognitive (Mental) Development 69
7 A Standard of Living Adequate for Children's Spiritual Development 87
8 The Meaning of a Standard of Living Adequate for Moral and Civic Development 105
9 The Social Development of the Child 117
10 Significance of Community Wealth for Child Development: Assumptions and Issues 133
11 Community Obligations and the Categorization of Children 143
12 The Application of Human Capital Theory to Article 27 149
13 A Cross-cultural Examination of Article 27 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child 159
14 Entitlement to "Adequacy": Application of Article 27 to U.S. Law 167
15 The Application of Article 27 in the Czech Republic: Implications for Countries in Transition 185
16 Twenty-Six Steps to Article 27: The Example of African American Children in South Carolina 197
17 Confronting the Implementation Challenge 213
App Convention on the Rights of the Child 219
Index 237
About the Contributors 249
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