Children, Parents, and Politics

Children, Parents, and Politics

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This highly original collection of essays, first published in 1989, is concerned with the nature of children and their moral and political status. The international team of contributors explore, and in some cases criticise and revise popular thought on children and their place in society. The book is divided into three parts: the first deals with the historical, social and psychological framework of contemporary perspectives on children and childhood; a second set of papers takes up questions about the position of the young in democracy, the limits of parental authority and the appropriateness of characterising only child-adult relationships in terms of a social contract; the final essays are concerned with adult attitudes toward children's lives and experiences. These essays will interest philosophers, political scientists, as well as all those professionally concerned with the education and care of children.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 14mm | 662.24g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0521369355
  • 9780521369350

Table of contents

List of contributors; Introduction; Part I. What Children Are: 1. Children in history: concepts of nature and society Ludmilla Jordanova; 2. When does childhood begin William Ruddick; 3. Thinking about children Judith Hughes; Part II. The Child in the Democratic Polity: 4. The family, democratic politics and the question of authority Jean Bethke Elshtain; 5. Teenagers and other children Richard Lindley; 6. Justice between generations Geoffrey Scarre; 7. Children and the mammalian order Stephen R. L. Clark; 8. The right to found a family John Harris; Part III. The Worth of Children: 9. Child art and the place of children in society Gareth B. Matthews; 10. Should all seriously disabled infants live Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer; 11. Why child pornography is wrong Tom Regan; Index.
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