Children's Rights in International Politics: The by A. Holzscheiter

By A. Holzscheiter

This booklet offers an perception right into a energetic box of overseas human rights politics -- the security of kids and their rights -- concentrating on the negotiations resulting in the 1989 UN conference at the Rights of the kid. Anna Holzscheiter makes use of a serious discourse-analytical framework to discover different dimensions of strength and exclusion that had an impression at the ultimate provisions inside the conference, dramatically reshaping the id of the kid in foreign politics. little ones have been principally obvious and handled as blameless, susceptible and mute items of grownup charity and compassion till good into the second one half the 20 th century. even if, with the conference at the Rights of the kid, childrens completed the prestige of lively rights-holders and topics less than overseas legislation. Holzscheiter explores the growing to be literature on norm switch in diplomacy and sociological reports of negotiations among states and non-state actors, discussing at size the progressive contribution of NGOs to the drafting approach.

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Two analytical challenges will be emphasized: the analysis of process and the interplay between power and exclusion. Both branches have limitations when approaching processes of transformation. It will be argued that a comprehensive analysis of transformation necessitates paying attention to two dimensions of power – power in discourse and power of discourse – thus merging central insights from both schools of discourse analysis. The latter part of Chapter 3 addresses the second major research question that drives this book – where to look for exclusionary discursive practices and the transformative potential of communicative interaction.

Indd 13 5/20/2010 2:41:31 PM 14 Children’s Rights in International Politics the role of institutions in discursive approaches and connecting these theories with long-standing institutional theories of IR serves several purposes. First, institutions can help in conceptualizing discursive practice, insofar as they can be seen, in their formal dimension,2 as those sites where ‘real-time’ communicative interaction is to be witnessed and analysed. However, it is not communicative acts per se that are to be observed in institutions.

Put differently, the realm of ‘the political’ must be seen as the principal arena or locus for meaning-making (Laclau and Mouffe, 2001: xvii). Furthermore, micro-level political behaviour, such as agents’ participation in parliamentary debates, broadcast and newspaper interviews, an international negotiation series, a conference, a meeting of state representatives, is always linguistic interaction that produces and reproduces reality. There is no ‘rhetoric’ as opposed to ‘real speaking’, even if it is certainly legitimate to argue that much of politics is about the rhetorical and ideological manipulation of specific audiences (voters, lobbies, the parliament, the media) (Hacker, 1996: 29).

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