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Rethinking Children's Rights by Sue Welch, Phil Jones

Rethinking Children's Rights


Part of the New Childhoods Series


Rethinking Children's Rights by Sue Welch, Phil Jones

This book explores attitudes towards and experiences of children's rights in light of current developments, and considers the future impact that the current changes will have. Rethinking Children's Rights explores attitudes towards and experiences of children's rights. Phil Jones and Sue Welch draw on a wide range of thought, research and practice from different fields and countries to debate, challenge and re-appraise long held beliefs, attitudes and ways of working and living with children. Children's own perspectives on their lives and on adults' attitudes towards them are drawn on throughout the book. Recent developments in the definition of rights are considered from a variety of perspectives and arenas of children's lives and the future impact of these changes on children's lives, and for those who feature in children's lives, are examined. The themes discussed include power relations between adults and children, the child's voice, intercultural perspectives, social justice, social exclusion, empowerment, gender and disability. Examples of research, reflections on research, activities, key points and guidance on further reading make this a really accessible text. Rethinking Children's Rights is essential for those studying childhood at undergraduate and graduate level, and of great interest to those working with children in any field. Is childhood changing? What effects are new ideas about childhood having on children's lives? How are children's voices and opinions affecting the services they use? Contemporary debates on the nature of childhood, attitudes towards children, the experiences of children and the emergence of a child rights agenda are resulting in a re-examination of theory, practice and research in many fields. New Childhoods offers a re-appraisal of the meaning of childhood - a series of texts that are succinct, accessible and engaging in introducing undergraduates to key areas of Childhood Studies, Education Studies and Sociology, and in disseminating new thinking, research, scholarship and practices. Books in this series will also be of interest to those who are preparing to work with children, such as teachers, early years practitioners, youth workers, health workers and psychologists. Key features include: boxed summaries of research which engage the reader in analysis; case studies to explore each issue in context; tasks to develop critical thinking; and pointers on further reading. Each volume promotes a child rights perspective, and provokes a re-examination of child-adult relationships in the contexts of family, community and state. Insights and experiences across fields such as sociology, philosophy and psychology are combined to encourage an inter-disciplinary approach.


'The authors do an excellent job of moving beyond explaining children's rights in a narrow legalistic sense to describing what a children's right's perspective can offer.'Children and Young People Now, 27th July 'Ideal for those studying childhood at undergraduate and graduate level ... [Rethinking Children's Rights] explores attitudes towards, and experiences of, children's rights, highlighting the cultural, legal and political changes for practitioners ... Recommended reading.'
Early Years Educator

'Welch and Jones have produced a much-needed book that highlights for practitioners the cultural, legal and political challenges - as well as opportunities - for promoting children's rights, by taking an open-eyed look at the necessity of understanding these rights within local context and culture. This book provides a roadmap of investigative questions that researchers and practitioners alike can use in navigating the complex and compelling domain of children's rights.'
Felisa Tibbitts, Director, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

, USA 'The book is written in an interactive and easy to read style that would be accessible to anyone who works with children and is interested in learning more about children's rights... The book would also be useful reading for policy-makers and practitioners who are interested in taking concrete steps to ensure that the goals outlined in the UNCRC are realized through policy practice.'--Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Dr Sue Welch is Principle Lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University and co-Editor of Childhood: Services for Children (Pearson 2007). Dr Phil Jones is Reader in Childhood Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University. He has lectured and published widely, with work translated into Chinese, Greek and Korean, and he is Series Editor for New Childhoods.

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Publication date

18th March 2010


Sue Welch, Phil Jones

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


176 pages


Philosophy & theory of education



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