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Children and Citizenship offers a contemporary and critical approach to the central debates around notions of children’s citizenship. Drawing on different disciplinary perspectives and including contributions by leading scholars in the field, this book makes explicit connections between theoretical approaches, representations of childhood, and the experiences of children themselves, legal instruments, policies, and their implementation. The book contains reflections on the notion of children’s citizenship in general as well as in relation to international instruments, in particular the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the case law of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and EU legislation relating to citizenship and children’s rights.

Everyday Lives of Working Children and Notions of Citizenship
Everyday lives of working children and notions of citizenship

The broad issue addressed in this chapter is ‘how can working children be considered citizens?’ During the last decade a great deal has been learned about widespread use of child labour and the many forms of exploitation, hazard and abuse child labourers around the world face. One could thus put forth the idea that promoting working children's citizenship is principally about implementing relevant Articles from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1989) and particularly protecting children from exploitation and work that is detrimental to their development or undermines education.

In this chapter it is instead suggested that it might be useful to begin with ...

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