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Title: Why citizenship? Where, when and how children?
Authors: Lister, Ruth
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: © The Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law
Citation: LISTER, R. (2007). Why citizenship? Where, when and how children? Theoretical inquiries in law, 8 (2), pp. 693-718
Abstract: This Article addresses the general question of "why citizenship?" through the lens of children’s citizenship. It unpacks the different elements of substantive citizenship and considers what they mean for children: membership and participation; rights; responsibilities; and equality of status, respect and recognition. It then discusses the lessons that may be learned from feminist critiques of mainstream constructions of citizenship, paying particular attention to the question of capacity for citizenship. It concludes by suggesting that much of the literature that is making the case for recognition of children as citizens is not so much arguing for the wholesale extension of adult rights and obligations of citizenship to children but recognition that children’s citizenship practices constitute them as de facto, even if not complete de jure, citizens. More broadly, the Article argues that this position points towards an understanding of citizenship which embraces but goes beyond that of a bundle of rights.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Theoretical inquiries in law [© The Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law]. The definitive version is available at: http://www.bepress.com/til/
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/3007
ISSN: 1565-3404
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