Faulkner, E and Nyamutata, C (2020) The Decolonisation of Children's Rights and the Colonial Contours of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The International Journal of Children's Rights, 28 (1). 66 - 88. ISSN 0927-5568

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (uncrc) 1989 has been celebrated for its universal acceptance. However, questions still arise around its provenance and representation. In particular, the Convention is deemed to enshrine Western notions of childhood upon which its rights were constructed. However, the legacy of the colonial contours of the new world order are often excluded within the context of children’s rights. It has been suggested that the new imperialism brandished under the guise of “children’s rights” serves as an effective tool to “beat” the Global South, deflecting from the continued Western dominance within the field of children’s rights. This paper interrogates the power dynamics and colonial legacy upon which views of children are formed, centralising the multitude of issues in the arena of children’s rights in the wake of what can be identified as Hokusai’s wave.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Elizabeth A. Faulkner and Conrad Nyamutata, 2020 | doi:10.1163/15718182-02801009 This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 license.
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2023 09:49
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2023 09:49
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/12184

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