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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.

Unpacking Children's Citizenship1
Unpacking children's citizenship

This chapter attempts to answer a question posed by Hill and Tisdall: ‘whether the concepts of “childhood” and “citizenship” are compatible. ‘This question’, they point out, ‘depends just as much on how “citizenship” is defined as it does on childhood's definition. Certainly, a definition of “citizenship” could be made that would definitely include children. … But would such a definition of “citizenship” retain the basic building blocks of the concept?’ (1997: 38).

Having first briefly outlined the main ‘building blocks of the concept’, the chapter unpacks them in order to see how far they are able to accommodate children. It then suggests a number of lessons that can be learned from the feminist critique of citizenship. The conclusion returns to Hill ...

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