Journal Article

The Act of Reading – Children’s Rights, Children’s Literature and Transitional Justice

Yotam Gidron

in International Journal of Transitional Justice

Volume 9, issue 3, pages 507-516
Published in print November 2015 | ISSN: 1752-7716
Published online July 2015 | e-ISSN: 1752-7724 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijv014
The Act of Reading – Children’s Rights, Children’s Literature and Transitional Justice

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Tamar Verete-Zehavi’s youth novel Aftershock follows one girl’s personal process of addressing a painful past. By analysing the way the novel engages young readers, this article aims to show how children’s literature can be a site of civic socialization and ensure children’s involvement in transitional justice processes as active and autonomous agents. Reading the novel against two examples of textual outreach materials that target children and were produced by transitional justice mechanisms reveals what literature can offer transitional justice in terms of the realization of children’s rights and freedoms, beyond its conventional engagement with these audiences. The article argues that children’s literature may prove an important complement to the work of traditional transitional justice mechanisms and their outreach programmes.

Keywords: outreach; literature; youth; children; truth commissions; criminal courts

Journal Article.  4878 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration ; Public International Law ; Human Rights

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