Children: Rights and Childhood (Ideas) by Chris Jenks

By Chris Jenks

Children: Rights and formative years is greatly considered as the 1st booklet to provide a close philosophical exam of kid's rights. Drawing on a large choice of assets from legislations and literature to politics and psychology, David Archard offers a transparent and available creation to an issue that has assumed expanding relevance because the book's first ebook. Divided essentially into 3 components, Children: Rights and Childhood covers key themes such as:

  • John Locke's writings on children
  • Philippe Aries's Centuries of Childhood
  • key texts on kid's liberation and rights
  • a kid's correct to vote and to sexual choice
  • the rights of oldsters and the country over children
  • defining and realizing baby abuse.

The moment version has been totally revised and up to date together with a brand new preface, a brand new bankruptcy on kid's ethical and felony rights, taking into consideration the United countries conference at the Rights of the Child.

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Thus they simultaneously allowed for standardization and normalization – the collection of comparable information on a large number of subjects and its analysis in such a way as to construct norms. A developmental norm was a standard based upon the average abilities or performances of children of a certain age in a particular task or a specified activity. It thus not only presented a picture of what was normal for children of such an age, but also enabled the normality of any child to be assessed by comparison with this norm.

And I would argue further that play is instrumental in what Speier (1970) has designated the child’s ‘acquisition of interactional competencies’. Genetic epistemology wilfully disregards, or perhaps just pays insufficient attention to, play in its urge to mathematize and thus render formal the ‘rational’ cognitive practices of adult individuals in their collective lives. 25 26 constituting childhood By treating the growth process of the child’s cognition as if it were impelled towards a pre-stated structure of adult rationality, Piaget is driven to concur with Lévy-Bruhl’s concept of the ‘primitive mentality’ of the savage, but in this instance in relation to the ‘pre-logical’ thought of the child.

This is in marked contrast with the popular representations of developmental psychology which equate it with the practicalities of child development or, more recently, human development. (Burman 1994a: 9) Leading within this field, and heading the ‘popular representations’, is the work of Piaget and his theories of intelligence and child development which have had a global impact on paediatric care and practice. Piaget’s ‘genetic epistemology’ seeks to provide a description of the structuring of thought and finally the rational principle of nature itself, all through a theory of learning.

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