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Civil and Political Rights of Children

Jonathan Todres, Sarah Higinbotham and Carol Bellamy

in Human Rights in Children's Literature

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780190213343
Published online December 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190213367 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190213343.003.0005
Civil and Political Rights of Children

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Chapter 5 discusses the civil and political rights of children in children’s literature through such books as Curious George, The Wind in the Willows, and Little House on the Prairie. The chapter focuses on juvenile justice rights and the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. It examines how punishment and accountability are portrayed in children’s literature, using juvenile justice and restorative justice as a case study. The chapter also explores how accountability—the responsibilities side of the rights/duties coin—is an important concept for children to appreciate as part of developing a holistic understanding of their rights, roles, and responsibilities in their communities.

Keywords: civil rights; punishment; juvenile justice; restorative justice; Curious George; Wind in the Willows; human dignity; children’s rights; human rights; children’s literature

Chapter.  11027 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public International Law ; Human Rights and Immigration

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