This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.



Rights are claims that are justifiable on legal or moral grounds to have or obtain something, or to act in a certain way. Although the two may often be the same, the existence of a moral right may not necessarily be embodied in a legal right, the enforcement of which can be pursued through the courts or similar tribunals, while a legal right may not necessarily carry much moral weight.

The debate about the nature of rights is complex, raising many difficult philosophical, legal and social issues revolving around the nature and basis of social relationships, as well as the relationship between the individual and the State. Such issues are all the more complex in relation to children, not least because some, influenced by the orthodoxy ...

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