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Reconceptualizing Children's Rights in International Development: Living Rights, Social Justice, Translations

Edited by: Karl Hanson, Olga Nieuwenhuijs

ISBN13: 9781107031517
Published: December 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £72.00

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Building on recent human rights scholarship, childhood studies and child rights programming, this conceptual framework on children's rights proposes three key-notions: living rights, or the lived experiences in which rights take shape; social justice, or the shared normative beliefs that make rights appear legitimate for those who struggle to get them recognised; and translations, or the complex flux between different beliefs and perspectives on rights and their codification. By exploring the relationships between these three concepts, the realities and complexities of children's rights are highlighted. The framework is critical of approaches to children as passive targets of good intentions and aims to disclose how children craft their own conceptions and practices of rights. The contributions offer important insights into new ways of thinking and research within this emerging field.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Living rights, social justice, translations Karl Hanson and Olga Nieuwenhuijs

Part I. Living Rights:
2. Ukugana: 'informal marriage' and children's rights discourse among rural 'AIDS-orphans' in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Patricia C. Henderson
3. Seeing and knowing? Street children's lifeworlds through the camera's lens Phil Mizen and Yaw Ofosu-Kusi
4. Interdependent rights: children's participation in collective livelihood strategies in rural Ethiopia Tatek Abebe
5. Young carpet weavers on the rights threshold: protection or practical self-determination? Tom O'Neill

Part II. Social Justice:
6. Conflicting realities: the Kikuyu ethos and the CRC ethic Yvan Droz
7. The politics of failure: street children and the circulation of rights discourses in Kolkata (Calcutta), India Sarada Balagopalan
8. Malik and his three mothers: AIDS orphans' survival strategies and how children's rights hinder them Kristen E. Cheney

Part III. Translations:
9. Living history by youth in post-war situations Colette Daiute
10. Inclusive universality and the child-caretaker dynamic Eva Brems
11. Do children have a right to work? Working children's movements in the struggle for social justice Manfred Liebel
12. Translating working children's rights into international labour law Karl Hanson and Arne Vandaele

Part IV. Conclusion:
13. Children's rights and social movements: reflections from a cognate field Neil Stammers.