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The children of Loxicha: participation beyond the UNCRC rhetoric?

Anne-Marie Smith

in Children, politics and communication

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421845
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301813 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0004
The children of Loxicha: participation beyond the UNCRC rhetoric?

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This chapter is based on the ethnographic research carried out in Oaxaca City, Mexico. It focuses on the lives of the displaced children of Loxicha, in particular their involvement in their community's political struggle, and explores the challenges this involvement presents for existing notions of childhood and of child participation, as framed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It notes that the children of Loxicha have played a key role in their community's struggle, going on marches and participating in sit-ins and hunger strikes. It questions the ways in which the childhoods experienced by the Loxicha children are redefined to suit adult notions of ‘lost childhood’, overlooking the complex and multi-layered nature of their daily realities.

Keywords: ethnographic research; Oaxaca City; Mexico; displaced children; political struggle; United Nations; Loxicha; lost childhood

Chapter.  7087 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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