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A review of children’s rights literature since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Didier Reynaert (UGent) , Maria De Bie (UGent) and Stijn Vandevelde (UGent)
(2009) Childhood. 16(4). p.518-534
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Children’s rights have become a significant field of study during the past decades, largely due to the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1989. Today scholarly work on children’s rights is almost inconceivable without considering the Convention as the bearer of the children’s rights debate. The goal of this article is to critically explore academic work on the UNCRC. By means of a discourse analysis of international literature, academic discourse on children’s rights is mapped. Three themes are identified that are predominantly present in academic work on the UNCRC: (1) autonomy and participation rights as the new norm in child rights practice an policy; (2) children’s rights versus parental rights and (3) the global children’s rights industry. That these three themes distinguish contemporary scholarly work on the UNCRC might not be a coincidence, analyzed from the process of “educationalisation”, characterizing childhood in western societies since the nineteenth century. The perspective of educationalisation presents a contemporary research agenda for children’s rights for the coming decades.
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children’s rights, U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, autonomy, participation, sociology of childhood, parental rights, educationalisation

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MLA
Reynaert, Didier, Maria De Bie, and Stijn Vandevelde. “A Review of Children’s Rights Literature Since the Adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.” Childhood 16.4 (2009): 518–534. Print.
APA
Reynaert, D., De Bie, M., & Vandevelde, S. (2009). A review of children’s rights literature since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Childhood, 16(4), 518–534.
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Reynaert, Didier, Maria De Bie, and Stijn Vandevelde. 2009. “A Review of Children’s Rights Literature Since the Adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.” Childhood 16 (4): 518–534.
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Reynaert, Didier, Maria De Bie, and Stijn Vandevelde. 2009. “A Review of Children’s Rights Literature Since the Adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.” Childhood 16 (4): 518–534.
Vancouver
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Reynaert D, De Bie M, Vandevelde S. A review of children’s rights literature since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Childhood. 2009;16(4):518–34.
IEEE
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D. Reynaert, M. De Bie, and S. Vandevelde, “A review of children’s rights literature since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,” Childhood, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 518–534, 2009.
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  issn         = {0907-5682},
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  title        = {A review of children’s rights literature since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2009},
}

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