The History and Theory of Children’s Citizenship in Contemporary Societies

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This topic area has been given greater force by the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations in However, children are remarkable in mainstream political theory mainly by their absence. The general picture is of a working assumption in the field of political writing that children, except as objects of policy, are not relevant to the discourse. The occasions when this notion is explicitly stated are rare and worth noting for that reason.

More often it is unstated and, to all appearance, unthought. Apart from a period early in the last century when child labor was a major issue and a spell in the s and early s when political socialization received a great deal of attention, this lack of attention has been the picture for more than a century, and remains so now. Whether they participate in politics and whether they understand it, children cannot escape the consequences.

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Decisions about the economy, taxes and benefits, planning and transport, and the general distribution of public spending Bartlett, et al. A key issue is how political systems that exclude children from participation can ensure that their wishes and interests are not overlooked.

London: Earthscan, Looks at the responsibilities of urban authorities for basic services that affect the lives of urban children, including issues around housing, community participation, working children, community health, education, and juvenile justice. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, Pilcher, Jane, and Stephen Wagg. Politics, Childhood and Society in the s and s. London: Falmer, Examines the political issues surrounding childhood and social and political issues involving childhood.

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Sign in with your library card. Search within Abstract and Keywords This chapter examines what it means to be a citizen within liberal and republican political theories - liberalism as the dominant political philosophy of our time, and republicanism as bringing to the fore a new focus on citizenship. All rights reserved. Sign in to annotate.

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