The figure of the child in democratic politics

  title={The figure of the child in democratic politics},
  author={Daniel Bray and S. Nakata},
  journal={Contemporary Political Theory},
This article seeks to illuminate the figure of the child in democratic politics by arguing that children play a constitutive role as temporary outsiders who present both renewal and risk to the demos. Using Hannah Arendt’s concept of natality, we begin with an ontological account of children as new individuals that are central to renewing democratic freedom and plurality. In the second section, we explore how children can be conceived in terms of political risk by focussing on Arendt’s debate… Expand
4 Citations
Democratic silence: two forms of domination in the social contract tradition
ABSTRACT The social contract tradition has been critiqued for harboring ‘domination contracts’ that exclude women, people of color, people with disabilities, and others from political life. In thisExpand
Letting Teach: Gen Z as Socio-Political Educators in an Overheated World
In this article, the author begins by grasping the present crisis through the social anthropological description of overheating. She then locates “Generation Z (Gen Z)” as a generation born into anExpand
From Denizen to Citizen: Contesting Representations of Young People and the Voting Age
The point of departure for this article is the failed attempt in Australia in 2018 to lower the voting age below 18. The focus is on citizenship and how particular representations of children andExpand
Unruly kids? Conceptualizing and defending youth disobedience
Taking the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement as its starting point, this article conceptualizes and defends youth disobedience, understood as principled disobedience by legal minors. The article first ...


Neither Seen Nor Heard: Children's Citizenship in Contemporary Democracies
This article addresses the subject of children's citizenship in liberal democracies. While children may lack full capability to act in the capacity of citizens, the political status to which theyExpand
The Child as Democratic Citizen
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) justifiably emphasizes welfare over participation rights of children for two reasons. First, children are by nature an at-riskExpand
Children: Rights, Participation and Citizenship
This article considers the possibility of rethinking citizenship so as to include children. Much current discussion of children and society is marked by a series of interlocking discourses whichExpand
On The Political
Since September 11th, we frequently hear that political differences should be put aside: the real struggle is between good and evil. What does this mean for political and social life? Is there aExpand
Can democracy represent children? Toward a politics of difference
Children and youth under 18 have made significant strides in recent years toward fuller inclusion in democratic processes. These strides, however, rarely rise to the level of direct politicalExpand
Elizabeth Eckford's Appearance at Little Rock: The Possibility of Children's Political Agency
In 1957, Hannah Arendt argued against the legally enforced desegregation of public schools in the American South. She argued that African Americans had mistaken schools and education for a site ofExpand
Justifying Children's Rights
This paper aims to interrogate some of the central questions posed by these competing theories and assess whether the idea of human rights for children can be justified. It consists of three parts.Expand
The Democratic Paradox
From the theory of 'deliberative democracy' to the politics of the 'third way', the present Zeitgeist is characterized by attempts to deny what Chantal Mouffe contends is the inherently conflictualExpand
Children's Rights and a Capabilities Approach: The Question of Special Priority
The latter part of the twentieth century saw the near-universal recognition of the idea of children’s rights as human rights. At the same time, the conceptual basis for such rights remains largelyExpand
Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education.
Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education. By Danielle S. Allen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. 254p. $25.00 cloth. It may seem odd, given itsExpand