London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The Rights of the Child: A European Invention of Universal Significance?

Author(s) Fumat, Y.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
European countries have legislated for the protection of the child, culminating in international declarations of the Rights of the Child. In what spirit were these different declarations proclaimed? Were differences in form or content at issue? How can the acknowledgement of the weak and vulnerable state of a child be reconciled with the recognition of his/her freedom as a rights issue and that increasingly important of equality? What can be made of the coexistence of rights and protections specific to childhood and those of adulthood? We explore the status of these historic texts - linked to a certain context and proclaimed in a well-defined space - and their relation to universality.

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