Rights and Childhood, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2004 – 264 pages
Children: Rights and Childhood is widely regarded as the first book to offer a detailed philosophical examination of children's rights. Drawing on a wide variety of sources from law and literature to politics and psychology, David Archard provides a clear and accessible introduction to a topic that has assumed increasing relevance since the book's first publication.
Divided clearly into three parts, Children: Rights and Childhood covers key topics such as:
The second edition has been fully revised and updated including a new preface, a new chapter on children's moral and legal rights, taking into account the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
'An exhaustive and meticulously comprehensive examination of children's rights from both a moral and a legal perspective…a fine basic text, and a worthwhile introduction to the complex issue of children's rights.' Metapsychology
'This is an intellectually stimulating and sometimes controversial philosophical analysis of children and their rights of both general and professional interest.' - Journal of the Institute of Health Education
'The argument is clear, it is well reasoned and balanced … this is a thought-provoking text and as such a highly recommendable read. Its audience could range from policy-makers to sixth-formers.' - Children & Society
1. John Locke's Children Part 1 2. The Concept of Childhood 3. The Modern Conception of Childhood Part 2 4. Liberation or Caretaking? 5. Arbitrariness and Incompetence 6. Children's Rights to Vote and Sexual Choice 7. The Wrongs of Children's Rights Part 3 8. Bearing and Rearing 9. Family and State 10. Parental Rights to Privacy and Autonomy 11. Collectivism 12. The Problem of Child Abuse Conclusion: A Modest Collectivist Proposal Notes Bibliographical Essay
David Archard is Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at Lancaster University.