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Over twenty years after the 1989 UN General Assembly vote to open the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) for signature and ratification by UN member states, the United States remains one of only two UN members not to have ratified it. The other is Somalia. Child Rights: The Movement, International Law, and Opposition explores the reasons for this resistance. It details the objections that have arisen to accepting this legally binding international instrument, which presupposes indivisible universal civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights, and gives children special protection due to their vulnerability. The resistance ranges from isolationist attitudes toward international law and concerns over the fiscal impact of implementation, to the value attached to education in a faith tradition and fears about the academic deterioration of public education. The contributors to the book reveal the significant positive influence that the CRC has had, despite not being ratified, on subjects such as educational research, child psychology, development ethics, normative ethics, and anthropology. The book also explores the growing homeschooling trend, which is often evangelically led in the US, but which is at loggerheads with an equally growing social science-based movement of experts and ethicists pressing for greater autonomy and freedom of expression for children. Looking beyond the US, the book also addresses some of the practical obstacles that have emerged to implementing the CRC in both developed countries (for example, Canada and the United Kingdom) and in poorer nations. This book, polemical and yet balanced, helps the reader evaluate both positive and the negative implications of this influential piece of international legislation from a variety of ethical, legal, and social science perspectives.

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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Multidisciplinary Responses to the International Rights of the Child
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part 1 The Movement and the Un Convention
  2. p. 11
  1. 1 Children’s Rights: An Historical and Conceptual Analysis
  2. pp. 13-36
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  1. 2 The Case for the Convention on the Rights of the Child from the Perspective of Child Psychology
  2. pp. 37-54
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  1. 3 Developmental Considerations in Teaching Children’s Rights
  2. pp. 55-72
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  1. 4 Introducing Critical Thinking and Dialogue in Preschool
  2. pp. 73-92
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  1. Part 2
  2. p. 93
  1. 5 Nannies with Blue Berets The UN Convention and the Invasion of National and Family Sovereignty
  2. pp. 95-114
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  1. 6 Educational Freedom and Human Rights Exploring the Tensions between the Interests and Rights of Parents, Children, and the State
  2. pp. 115-140
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  1. 7 Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada A Question of Commitment
  2. pp. 141-156
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  1. 8 Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the UK A Problem of Political Will
  2. pp. 157-174
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  1. Part 3 Children’s Rights in the Developing World
  2. p. 175
  1. 9 Motivating Political Responsibility for Children in Poor Countries
  2. pp. 177-200
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  1. 10 “The Right Child”: Challenges and Opportunities of Child Rights Legislation in Theory and Practice
  2. pp. 201-226
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  1. 11 Pragmatism, Capabilities, and Children’s Rights in Development Ethics
  2. pp. 227-240
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  1. Annotated Bibliography
  2. pp. 241-246
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 247-250
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781612492056
Related ISBN
9781557535498
MARC Record
OCLC
808345350
Pages
260
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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