Recognition and Capability: A New Way to Understand How Children Can Achieve Their Rights?

TitreRecognition and Capability: A New Way to Understand How Children Can Achieve Their Rights?
Type de publicationBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuteursThomas, N, Stoecklin, D
ÉditeurBaraldi, C, Cockburn, T
Book TitleTheorising Childhood
Series TitleStudies in Childhood and Youth
Pagination73–94
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place PublishedCham, Switzerland
ISBN Number978-3-319-72672-4 978-3-319-72673-1
Résumé

This chapter explores how we can better understand children’s place in society using two theoretical models: recognition theory and the capability approach. It looks at the strengths and weaknesses of each theoretical approach, and how they can be used in combination. While recognition theory focuses on personal identity, the capability approach is primarily concerned with acts that people have the freedom to perform. The link between activities and identities is a central issue, mediated as it is by specific values. The chapter also considers the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as an example of how children’s place in intergenerational relations is constructed. It concludes with a review of current attempts to use the two theories to inform and guide empirical research with children.

URLhttps://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-72673-1_4
DOI10.1007/978-3-319-72673-1_4