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Implementing the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child : a standard of living adequate for development
Andrews, Arlene Bowers.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
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xxvi, 254 pages ; 25 cm
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K639.A41989 I49 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The human right to survive and develop, a fundamental premise of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child , can be attained only if adequate living conditions are secured for the child. This book reviews the significance of the physical, mental, spiritual, moral, and social aspects of holistic child development called for by Article 27 of the Convention . The editors share a vision of childhood wherein the child is accorded dignity, and opportunities exist to promote advancement of human potential. Contributors from several nations and a variety of disciplines, including psychology, law, social work, medicine, economics, and international studies, address the challenge of identifying adequate living conditions across cultures and discuss issues affecting communities and governments as they attempt to fulfill their responsibilities to children and their families. Key themes throughout the book are the significance of the child's perspective, the primacy of the family environment, the need to balance the interests of diverse cultures while reducing historical inequities, and the ecological interdependence of children, families, communities, and nations. The editors and contributors call for organized social and political action to realize the child's right to develop, including ways to measure and monitor children's well-being beyond survival.

Author Notes

Natalie Hevener Kaufman is on the faculty of the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She is a legal scholar & has run panels on women & detective fiction for the Popular Culture Association.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Gary B. MeltonArlene Bowers AndrewsNatalie Hevener Kaufman and Maria Luisa BlancoAsher Ben-AriehJens QvortrupFrancis E. Rushton and Robert E. GreenbergPatricia Y. Hashima and Susan P. LimberRoss A. Thompson and Brandy RandallJudith Torney-PurtaMalfrid Grude Flekkoy and Natalie Hevener KaufmanFrank D. BarryLeroy H. PeltonAllen M. ParkmanVirginia Murphy-BermanRobin KimbroughJiri KovarikBarbara Morrison-RodriguezArlene Bowers Andrews and Natalie Hevener Kaufman
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Part I Foundation
1. Securing Adequate Living Conditions for Each Child's Developmentp. 3
2. Drafting and Interpreting Article 27p. 17
3. The International Effort to Measure and Monitor the State of Childrenp. 33
4. The Meaning of Child's Standard of Livingp. 47
Part II The Relationship Between Standard of Living and Specific Developmental Domains
5. The Relationship Between Standard of Living and Physical Developmentp. 59
6. An Adequate Standard of Living Necessary for Children's Cognitive (Mental) Developmentp. 69
7. A Standard of Living Adequate for Children's Spiritual Developmentp. 87
8. The Meaning of a Standard of Living Adequate for Moral and Civic Developmentp. 105
9. The Social Development of the Childp. 117
Part III Community Context
10. Significance of Community Wealth for Child Development: Assumptions and Issuesp. 133
11. Community Obligations and the Categorization of Childrenp. 143
12. The Application of Human Capital Theory to Article 27p. 149
Part IV Implementing Article 27 in Various Contexts
13. A Cross-cultural Examination of Article 27 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Childp. 159
14. Entitlement to "Adequacy": Application of Article 27 to U.S. Lawp. 167
15. The Application of Article 27 in the Czech Republic: Implications for Countries in Transitionp. 185
16. Twenty-Six Steps to Article 27: The Example of African American Children in South Carolinap. 197
17. Confronting the Implementation Challengep. 213
Appendix Convention on the Rights of the Childp. 219
Indexp. 237
About the Contributorsp. 249