Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

We express appreciation to Indiana University for the New Perspectives Grant received in support of the 2006 conference on Moral Education, the United Nations, and Human Rights. That conference, organized by the Human Rights Institute on the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne...

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Introduction: Multidisciplinary Responses to the International Rights of the Child

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pp. 1-10

The essays in this volume largely express ways in which the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has been interpreted and used by those who are active in disciplines other than international human rights law. A large body of literature shows that there is considerable precedent...

Part 1 The Movement and the Un Convention

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1 Children’s Rights: An Historical and Conceptual Analysis

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pp. 13-36

There was a time, exemplified by early Roman law, when children were considered property of the family father, who had a life-and-death power over them. This was no longer the case by the time of the French Enlightenment. Yet the enthusiastic reception given...

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2 The Case for the Convention on the Rights of the Child from the Perspective of Child Psychology

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pp. 37-54

During the latter part of the twentieth century there was a growth of human rights consciousness, and of knowledge about and legislation to protect healthy child development.1 These trends converged to produce a changing view of children from one of parental...

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3 Developmental Considerations in Teaching Children’s Rights

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pp. 55-72

The value of human rights education cannot be overestimated. Human rights are of fundamental importance to a just and democratic society and knowledge of human rights is fundamental to the achievement of human rights. Successful human rights education...

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4 Introducing Critical Thinking and Dialogue in Preschool

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pp. 73-92

In most industrialized societies, violence is a cause of increasing concern. Violence is observed and condemned in secondary schools, and even in elementary schools. It is the school’s responsibility to promote programs oriented toward the prevention of violence...

Part 2

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5 Nannies with Blue Berets The UN Convention and the Invasion of National and Family Sovereignty

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pp. 95-114

A number of philosophical principles central to the American founding are implicated by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The chief motivation driving American independence from Britain was a record of parliamentary invasions...

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6 Educational Freedom and Human Rights Exploring the Tensions between the Interests and Rights of Parents, Children, and the State

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pp. 115-140

When discussing human rights and education, a tension always exists between the educational rights and freedoms of parents and children and the role of the state with regard to both groups.1 If one looks to the United Nations’ rights declarations and treaties for...

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7 Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada A Question of Commitment

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pp. 141-156

There is no question about Canada’s official commitment. In 1991, with the approval of the provinces, with the exception of Alberta, the Government of Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), committing governments...

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8 Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the UK A Problem of Political Will

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pp. 157-174

This essay explores the difficult implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in one developed industrial nation, the United Kingdom, where we might expect children to enjoy a favorable situation in relation to their rights. The 2008 report of the Committee on the Rights of the Child has documented the...

Part 3 Children’s Rights in the Developing World

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9 Motivating Political Responsibility for Children in Poor Countries

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pp. 177-200

More so than any of the other rights in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the rights of participation, especially the right to form and freely express one’s own views “in all matters affecting the child,” depend upon a right to an...

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10 “The Right Child”: Challenges and Opportunities of Child Rights Legislation in Theory and Practice

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pp. 201-226

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has been used by international aid agencies and the Guatemalan government to bolster community reconstruction following the armed conflict (1960-1996). Child rights discourse, with its particular...

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11 Pragmatism, Capabilities, and Children’s Rights in Development Ethics

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pp. 227-240

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), adopted by the General Assembly in 1989, went into effect on September 2, 1990. Internationally, public opinion tended to be overwhelmingly in favor of this convention, the most ratified international...

Annotated Bibliography

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pp. 241-246

Contributors

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pp. 247-250

Index

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pp. 251-256