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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.

The Relevance of European Union Citizenship to Children
The relevance of european union citizenship to children

There is now a vast literature critiquing the nature and scope of citizenship which, over the past 20 years or so has been subject to intense scrutiny by the children's rights movement. Similarly EU citizenship has, since its inception in 1992 (by the Treaty on European Union), provided academic fodder for legal and political commentators who have progressed from exposing the exclusive and artificial nature of the concept (Weiler, 1998), towards commending its success in endowing politically active and geographically mobile EU nationals with a range of important social and civic rights (Fries and Shaw, 1998; O'Leary 1999; Castro Oliveira, 2002; Barnard, 2005). In contrast with the development of mainstream ...

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