Children's Rights: Towards Social Justice

Children's Rights: Towards Social Justice

Anne B. Smith

In Stock Date: 
12/25/2015
Print Price: 
$49.95
Print ISBN: 
9781606507773
E-book Price: 
$29.95
E-book ISBN: 
9781606507780
Pages: 
199
Binding Type: 
Softcover

[This book] deserves attention as it provides a cohesive and summative reflection of her life’s work in advocating for children’s rights. [It] is a comprehensive and valuable contribution to the international literature on children’s rights. Its most useful attribute is the demonstration of how the ideas of children’s rights can be implemented in contexts as varied as families, educational settings, within health and the workplace. -- Bronwyn E. Wood, New Zealand Association for Research in Education 2016, Springer.

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A marked change in traditional thinking about children and childhood was promoted by the adoption by the United Nations (in 1989) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the early 90s sociologists in the United States and the UK developed Childhood Studies to promote a holistic view of children’s lives, recognition of their competence and agency, and the impact and value of their everyday experiences. As a result of this impetus, different thinking has emerged about the role and recognition of children, the institutions of childhood, and the way we view and treat children in modern societies.

This book focuses on research emerging from Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies thinking, which has important implications for developing policies and practices to improve children’s well being and rights. The author presents the implications of children’s rights for six contexts of children’s everyday lives: families; early childhood education; schooling; child protection services; health services; and employment.

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Anne B. Smith

Anne B. Smith

Anne B. Smith professor emeritus at the University of Otago and adjunct professor at Southern Cross University, New South Wales. She was Director of the Children’s Issues Centre, a research, education and advocacy centre for children’s rights, from 1995 to 2006. Anne has been involved in teaching, research, policy development and advocacy about children and childhood since the 1970s. Her focus has been on such issues as family and early childhood education influences, marital transitions, friendships and conflict, children’s perspectives, and children’s rights.

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