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Growing Up and Away

Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071266
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080779 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071266.001.0001
Growing Up and Away

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This book aims to expand our understanding of the role of institutions, norms, and key players in shaping the evolution of child rights in India. It traces the evolution of the child rights discourse in post-Independence India, suggesting that there are different and political ways of thinking about childhoods. Divided into three parts, the book begins with analyses of the effects of Partition, which while creating new political and cultural identities framed the child-State relationship. The second part further examines the ways in which the multiplicity of discourses during the nationalist struggle gave way to a singular view, seen in later public conversations on children and their rights. The third part explores the narratives of continuity and change, and maps the departures of memory, history, and identity. The book emphasizes the point that more than any other event or process, the violence and fears aroused by Partition have influenced the course of modern child development related policy-making. The relationship between the political and cultural identities of all the actors, who influenced the experience of childhoods, had also been deeply affected by these events.

Keywords: children's rights; India; Partition; political identity; cultural identity

Book.  288 pages. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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Introduction in Growing Up and Away

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Elapsed Laws in Growing Up and Away

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Social Worker and State in Growing Up and Away

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Making of Tomorrow's Adult in Growing Up and Away

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