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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.

Care and Control in the Construction of Children's Citizenship
Care and control in the construction of children's citizenship

The focus for this chapter is a thin red line. Red is for danger and the danger we explore here is one that is beginning to stalk contemporary English childhood and to impact upon children's everyday experiences. Masquerading as ‘being in children's best interests’ this thin red line poses a threat, however, not only to children's experiences as individuals, but it also sets a tighter boundary to childhood itself, separating children from adults in a number of profoundly important ways.

What, then, is this red line? In short, it is the conceptual line that exists between concepts of care and those of control, concepts that, as noted elsewhere (Hockey ...

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