The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children
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Childhood looms large in our understanding of human life as a phase through which all adults have passed. Childhood is foundational to the development of selfhood, the formation of interests, values and skills and to the lifespan as a whole. Understanding what it is like to be a child, and what differences childhood makes, are thus essential for any broader understanding of the human condition. The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children is an outstanding reference source for the key topics, problems and debates in this crucial and exciting field and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into five parts:


* Being a child


* Childhood and moral status


* Parents and children


* Children in society


* Children and the state.


Questions covered include: What is a child? Is childhood a uniquely valuable state, and if so why? Can we generalize about the goods of childhood? What rights do children have, and are they different from adults' rights? What (if anything) gives people a right to parent? What role, if any, ought biology to play in determining who has the right to parent a particular child? What kind of rights can parents legitimately exercise over their children? What roles do relationships with siblings and friends play in the shaping of childhoods? How should we think about sexuality and disability in childhood, and about racialised children? How should society manage the education of children, and what values should inform such practices? What is a good school? How are children's lives affected by being taken into social care?


The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of childhood, political philosophy and ethics as well as those in related disciplines such as education, psychology, sociology, social policy, law, social work, youth work, neuroscience and anthropology.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 428 pages
  • 171 x 248mm
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138915971
  • 9781138915978

Table of contents

List of contributors





Introduction to The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Childhood and Children


Anca Gheaus








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PART 1


Being a child













Epistemology: knowledge in childhood







Fabrice Clement and Melissa Koenig





2. Language and communication: evidence from studying children


M. J. Cain





3. The science of the adolescent brain and its cultural implications


Suparna Choudhury and Nancy Ferranti





4. Art and creativity


Jonathan Fineberg





5. Children doing philosophy


Jana Mohr Lone





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PART 2


Childhood and moral status





6. The moral status of children


Agnieszka Jaworska and Julie Tannenbaum





7. The value of childhood


Patrick Tomlin





8. Childhood and well-being


Anthony Skelton





9. Children's rights


Robert Noggle





10. Childhood and autonomy


Sarah Hannan





11. Paternalism towards children


Kalle Grill





12. The age of consent


David Archard





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PART 3


Parents and children





13. Reasons to have children - or not


Christine Overall





14. The right to parent


Anca Gheaus





15. The good parent


Colin Macleod





16. Parental partiality


Jonathan Seglow





17. The composition of the family


Daniela Cutas





18. Parental licensing and discrimination


Carolyn McLeod and Andrew Botterell





19. Ethical challenges for adoption regimes


Jurgen De Wispelaere and Daniel Weinstock





20. Gender and the family


Amy Mullin





21. Filial duties


Diane Jeske





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PART 4


Children in society





22. Childhood and race


Albert Atkin





23. Childhood and disability


Gideon Calder and Amy Mullin





24. Childhood and sexuality


Samantha Brennan and Jennifer Epp





25. Children and animals


Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka





26. What's wrong with child labor?


Phillip Cook





27. The vulnerable child


Mianna Lotz





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PART 5


Children and the state





28. Childhood and the metric of justice


Lars Lindblom





29. Children and political neutrality


Matthew Clayton





30. The costs of children


Serena Olsaretti





31. Schooling


Gina Schouten





32. Children and the care system


Gideon Calder





33. Children and health


Havi Carel, Gene Feder and Gita Gyorffy





34. Children and the right to vote


Ludvig Beckman





35. Children, crime and punishment


Christopher Bennett





36. Children and war


Cecile Fabre





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Index
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Review quote

"An excellent and timely collection. Individually the 36 chapters are authoritative and state of the art.ã Together they provide a comprehensive overview of the huge amount of recent philosophical work onã children."


Adam Swift, University of Warwick, UK.





"This volume provides an extraordinarily helpful starting point for philosophically informed conversations about children and childhood. The five sections are easily navigable, and the 36 original essays cover a remarkably broad domain of questions. Anyone teaching or writing on children will find this book to be an essential resource."


Tamar Schapiro, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
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About Jurgen De Wispelaere

Anca Gheaus is a Ramon y Cajal researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain. She published numerous articles on childrearing and gender justice and has recently edited a special issue of the Journal of Applied Philosophy on the nature and value of childhood.





Gideon Calder is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Social Policy at Swansea University, UK. He is author or editor of ten books, most recently How Inequality Runs in Families (Policy Press, 2016), and co-edits the Routledge journal Ethics and Social Welfare.





Jurgen De Wispelaere is a Political Economy Research Fellow with the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and a Policy Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath, UK. His research interests are in the intersection of political theory and public policy.
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