What is a child?

Chair: Dr Catherine Sloan, Dr Peter N. Stearns, Siân Halcrow, Professor Marilyn Fleer
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17:00 - 18:30
Department of Education - Zoom Webinar
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Lectures and seminars
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Part of a seminar series interrogating the concept of rights of the child and implications for research, policy and practice.

Article 1 of the UNCRC defines a child as an individual below the age of 18 years. This definition is now used and adapted across countries and contexts. However, this definition of a child is specific to the 21st century; different eras in history defined the child in different ways. Furthermore, while the UNCRC identifies this definition of the child as universal, different cultures (used to) define the child and childhood in different ways.

This seminar looks at different definitions of the child as understood through histories and cultures to interrogate the nature of ‘child’ and how it is socially dependent.