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.
Chapter 3: Citizenship from Below: Children's Rights and Social Movements
Citizenship from Below: Children's Rights and Social Movements
In the social sciences, the question of children's rights is being discussed increasingly with regard to the citizenship of children. This addresses in a general way the question whether children do not only possess rights, but also make extensive use of these, and are able to confer rights upon themselves. Such a perspective goes beyond the mere assumption of the ‘usefulness’ of the UNCRC and other legal norms for children codified by the State, and raises the question to what extent children themselves can play an active and effective part in the formulation and implementation of their rights.
In this chapter, the question will be discussed as to what the citizenship ...