“It is refreshing to see a book such as this which is both broad in its conceptualization of the field of child research and deep in its focus. The volume's editors are paragons of awareness when it comes to the need for interdisciplinary research and theory to illuminate the lives and experience of children.”

James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

“Covers a satisfying and unprecedentedly wide range of research relating to childhood. The contributors include many eminent international scholars of childhood, making the book a valuable resource for child researchers. Child advocates will also find the book to be invaluable in their efforts to improve children's well-being, and to change policies and practices for the better.”

Anne Smith, University of Otago

“A really scintillating collection that will provide a lasting perspective on child studies - stimulating and comprehensive!”

Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York

In keeping with global changes in children's social and legal status, this Handbook includes examination of children as family members, friends, learners, consumers, people of faith, and participants in law and politics. The contributors also discuss the methodological and ethical requirements for research that occurs in natural settings and that enables children themselves to describe their perspective.

The book is divided into three parts: Part I: Setting-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part II: Population-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part III: Methods in Research on Children and Childhood

Childhood as a Legal Status

Childhood as a legal status
Roger J.R.Levesque

The Peculiar Legal Status of Children

The legal status of children reveals important developments and transformations in societal understandings of children and their place in society. The rights of children, the standard on which we most appropriately can evaluate their legal status, have catapulted from an obscure and essentially nonexistent concept to a globally recognized phenomenon at the forefront of modern human rights movements. Much of this transformation occurred at the very end of the last century, and it rapidly spread at an unprecedented pace. Despite these impressive developments, children continue to occupy a peculiar status in law and society. Most notably, all modern societies now champion a wide range of children's rights as important to ...

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