The sociology of childhood in relation to children's rights

  title={The sociology of childhood in relation to children's rights},
  author={B. Mayall},
  journal={The International Journal of Children's Rights},
  • B. Mayall
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • The International Journal of Children's Rights
Children rights talk is inadequate because it fails to remedy the powerlessness of children. The author of this chapter contends that thinking of rights in this weak and imprecise way, and not in their fullest sense as a means to access power, has had profoundly negative consequences for children. The chapter begins with a brief overview of the role of capacity in rights theory and suggests that notions of competency exclude children from the class of rights holders. Furthermore, the rights… Expand
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