A unique volume designed to provoke an ongoing dialogue about fundamental human rights in our society

Edited by renowned scholars, Judith Blau and Mark Frezzo, this groundbreaking anthology examines the implications that human rights have for the social sciences. The book provides readers with a wide-ranging collection of articles, each written by experts in their fields who argue for an expansion of fundamental human rights in the United States. To provide an international context, the volume covers the human rights treaties that have been incorporated into the constitutions of many countries throughout the world, including wealthy nations such as Spain and Sweden and impoverished countries such as Bolivia and Croatia.

Children's Rights

Children's rights
BrianGran and RachelBryant

It is futile to separate children and their rights from society.

—Martin Guggenheim (2005), What's Wrong with Children's Rights

What are Children's Rights?

What are children's rights? Are they a kind of human rights? In this chapter we deliberate on definitions and conceptualizations of children's rights and legal treaties articulating children's rights. We examine types of rights, rights on paper, and rights in practice, and then examine what strengthens or hinders children's rights around the world. Finally, we explore the status of children's rights in the United States.

A variety of definitions shape debates over children's rights. Michael Freeman (2007), a leading expert on children's rights, emphasizes entitlements: that a child's right is an entitlement. Yet what those entitlements are is complicated. Martha Minow ...

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