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Re-understanding the Child’s Right to Identity: On Belonging, Responsiveness and Hope

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ISBN13: 9789004223660
Published: October 2016
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Paperback
Price: £90.00

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Re-understanding the Child’s Right to Identity: On belonging, Responsiveness and Hope, by Ya'ir Ronen offers an innovative understanding of the right to identity aiming to transform its meaning and thus its protection. Drawing on sources from different disciplines, including law, theology, philosophy, psychology and social work, the author offers a vision of social and legal change in which law is a healing force. In it, policies and practice protect children's sense of belonging recognizing human interdependence. They dignify children's disempowered narratives through their responsiveness, protect children's need to be authentic beings and nourish the hope for change and growth in children at risk and their families.

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Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Chapter 1: Re-understanding the Right to Identity as a Right to Belonging
I. Introduction
II. The rationale for re-understanding the right to Identity
III. International law
IV. Identity in two cases
V. Conclusion

Chapter 2: Responsiveness to Children and Law’s Healing Power
II. Responsiveness to children's suffering, Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the path blazed by Emmanuel Levinas
III. Is there a cure to the universal phenomenon of denying children's suffering?
IV. How can protecting children actualize democracy's unique potential?
V. What should be the principal aim of state action on behalf of the suffering child?
VI. How can we respond to the child's suffering through The Best Interests Principle?
VII. More on responding to the child's experience in a multicultural society
VIII. Conclusion

Chapter 3: Children’s Identity, Constructing Memory through Law and Its Responsiveness to Children
I. Introduction
II. Alienation, children's experience and doctrinal thinking
III. Self-constructing identity and remembering as dynamic processes
IV. Authoring Memory through law and the Challenge of Psychological Mindedness
V. Struggling over Memory
VI. Protecting the Family Lives of Children from Disadvantaged Homes
VII. Conclusion

Chapter 4: The Child’s Right to be Oneself
I. Introduction
II. Neglect of the need 'to be' and a preoccupation with material progress
III. Protecting the child‘s need to be a spiritually authentic being
IV. Postmodernism and the need to be one‘s self within a committed family that offers the child values

Chapter 5 The Courage to Hope and Protecting Children’s Sense of Belonging: The Case of Child Protection
I. Introduction
II. On skepticism and reality
III. On social responsibility and the public response to children at risk and their families
IV. Conclusion.