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After explaining the emergence of the children’s rights concept, this entry presents the field of children’s rights studies, an interdisciplinary study field located at the intersection of childhood studies and human rights studies. It then discusses four key themes on which opinions related to childhood, children, and their rights diverge and that are central for understanding the extant diversity of approaches toward children’s rights. These divergent opinions are then presented in the form of four schools of thought in children’s rights. The conclusion hints at the field’s possible future developments.

The Emergence of Children’s Rights

Children’s rights came into being as the result of a series of social and political processes that started at the beginning of the 20th century. At the end of the 19th century, ...

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