Human Rights in Childrens Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law

Hardcover | January 18, 2016

byJonathan Todres, Sarah Higinbotham

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How can children grow to realize their inherent rights and respect the rights of others? In this book, authors Jonathan Todres and Sarah Higinbotham explore this question through both human rights law and children's literature. Both international and domestic law affirm that children haverights, but how are these norms disseminated so that they make a difference in children's lives? Human rights education research demonstrates that when children learn about human rights, they exhibit greater self-esteem and respect the rights of others. The Convention on the Rights of the Child -the most widely-ratified human rights treaty - not only ensures that children have rights, it also requires that states make those rights "widely known, by appropriate and active means, to adults and children alike." This first-of-its-kind requirement for a human rights treaty indicates that ifrights are to be meaningful to the lives of children, then government and civil society must engage with those rights in ways that are relevant to children. Human Rights in Children's Literature investigates children's rights under international law - identity and family rights, the right to be heard, the right to be free from discrimination, and other civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights - and considers the way in which those rightsare embedded in children's literature from Peter Rabbit to Horton Hears a Who! to Harry Potter. This book traverses children's rights law, literary theory, and human rights education to argue that in order for children to fully realize their human rights, they first have to imagine and understandthem.

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How can children grow to realize their inherent rights and respect the rights of others? In this book, authors Jonathan Todres and Sarah Higinbotham explore this question through both human rights law and children's literature. Both international and domestic law affirm that children haverights, but how are these norms disseminated so ...

Jonathan Todres is a Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law. His research focuses on children's rights and child well-being. Professor Todres has published more than fifty articles on children's rights, child trafficking and related forms of exploitation, legal and cultural constructs of childhood, and human rights...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 18, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190213345

ISBN - 13:9780190213343

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Table of Contents

Carol Bellamy: ForewordJonathan Todres: PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Making Children's Rights Widely Known2. Participation Rights and the Voice of the Child3. Confronting Discrimination, Pursuing Equality4. Identity Rights and Family Rights5. Civil and Political Rights of Children: Accountability with Dignity6. Securing Child Well-being: The Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights of the Child7. Adults in the World of Children's Literature8. Reading, Rights, and the Best Interests of the ChildAppendix 1: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the ChildAppendix 2: Discrimination against ChildrenAppendix 3: Cinderella around the WorldAppendix 4: Empirical Study: How Children Interpret Human Rights in StoriesChildren's Literature BibliographyBibliographyFor more informationIndex

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"In this wonderful and wonder-filled book, two gifted scholars take the abstract concept of rights for children and bring it to life through the books children love. It is much more than a scholarly study. It is a roadmap for action. Not your grandmother's two dimensional paper roadmap, but a21st century navigator speaking in voices that are funny, frightened, angry, sad, brave, and joyful to guide us on the path to implementation of children's rights as human rights." --Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, L. Q. C. Lamar Professor of Law, Director Child Rights Project, Emory University School of Law