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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.

Devolution and the Language of Children's Rights in the UK
Devolution and the language of children's rights in the uk

The UK devolution process has facilitated some notable areas of policy divergence between the nations in spite of the apparent limitations of relatively conservative constitutional change (Sullivan, 2002). One such area is that of policy responses towards children and young people, with the balance between rights and responsibilities tipped in different directions for children growing up in different nations within the UK. Before examining claims of divergence in more depth it is necessary to examine citizenship and the historic relationship between children, young people and citizenship.


Marshall's seminal formulation of citizenship (1950) provides a classic definition of a contested concept. Marshall's theory was rights-based and reflected the ...

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