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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.

Education for Citizenship: Children as Citizens and Political Literacy
Education for citizenship: Children as citizens and political literacy

The adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1989) and the implementation of the Crick Report on Education for Citizenship and Teaching of Democracy in Schools (1998) have both given impetus to the debate about the status of children as citizens in the UK. It has become a contested issue whether children, defined as young people below the age of majority, are to be viewed as current citizens, or merely future citizens, partial citizens, or citizens-in-the-making. Conceptualizing active citizenship is at the heart of the matter. On the face of it, the UNCRC and the Crick Report point in different directions; the former ...

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