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The Child as Citizen

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February 2011 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Published in Association with American Academy of Political and Social Science

Marking the 20th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), this volume of the ANNALS considers conceptual, legal, and practical issues related to the realization of children as citizens. The treatment of children is of vital interest to all who seek stronger democracy, especially in aging societies that will necessarily become increasingly dependent on the young. At what age should children be allowed to vote? How are demographic changes taking place in American society relevant to advancing the rights platform for children? What lessons are there to learn from societies that have secured a legal framework for children's rights, such as in Brazil? How are democracy and citizenship strengthened by extending citizenship to children? Using the CRC as a starting point on the path of achieving functional citizenship for children, the distinguished contributors provide examples of empirical research on children's participation in social and political matters and offer recommendations for conceiving child citizenship in a multigenerational context in which the voice, opinions, and energies of children are included and integrated into society at large.


Felton Earls
CHILDREN: FROM RIGHTS TO CITIZENSHIP
Paula S. Fass
A HISTORICAL CONTEXT FOR THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
Geraldine Van Bueren
MULTIGENERATIONAL CITIZENSHIP: THE IMPORTANCE OF RECOGNIZING CHILDREN AS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CITIZENS
Marta Maurás
PUBLIC POLICIES AND CHILD RIGHTS: ENTERING THE THIRD DECADE OF THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
Irene Rizzini
THE PROMISE OF CITIZENSHIP FOR BRAZILIAN CHILDREN: WHAT HAS CHANGED?
Elizabeth Bartholet
RATIFICATION BY THE UNITED STATES OF THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD: THE PROS AND CONS FROM A CHILD’S RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE
Donald J. Hernandez, Nancy A. Denton, and Victoria L. Blanchard
CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: A STATISTICAL PORTRAIT BY RACE-ETHNICITY, IMMIGRANT ORIGINS, AND LANGUAGE
James Bohman
CHILDREN AND RIGHTS OF CITIZENS: NONDOMINATION AND INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE
Andrew Rehfeld
THE CHILD AS DEMOCRATIC CITIZEN
Allison James
TO BE (COME) OR NOT TO BE (COME): UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN’S CITIZENSHIP
Judith Torney-Purta and Jo-Ann Amadeo
PARTICIPATORY NICHES FOR EMERGENT CITIZENSHIP IN EARLY ADOLESCENCE: AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Daniel Hart and Robert Atkins
AMERICAN SIXTEEN- AND SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLDS ARE READY TO VOTE
Mary Carlson and Felton Earls
ADOLESCENTS AS DELIBERATIVE CITIZENS: BUILDING HEALTH COMPETENCE IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Clotilde Fonseca and Maria Eugenia Bujanda
PROMOTING CHILDREN’S CAPACITIES FOR ACTIVE AND DELIBERATIVE CITIZENSHIP WITH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES: THE CADE PROJECT IN COSTA RICA

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