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The Decolonisation of Children's Rights and the Colonial Contours of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Faulkner

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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.

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Faulkner. (2020). The Decolonisation of Children's Rights and the Colonial Contours of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. International Journal of Children's Rights, 66 - 88. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718182-02801009

Acceptance Date Mar 10, 2020
Publication Date Mar 10, 2020
Journal The International Journal of Children's Rights
Print ISSN 0927-5568
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Pages 66 - 88
DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/15718182-02801009
Publisher URL https://brill.com/view/journals/chil/28/1/article-p66_66.xml?language=en&ebody=Article%20details

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