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Children’s rights and citizenship studies: Re-theorising child citizenship through transdisciplinarity from the local to the global

ByRichard Mitchell

The chapter presents theoretical and empirical analyses of children’s1 and young people’s citizenship that starts in Canada but is representative of an evolution of citizenship visible throughout the world judging by the significant international literature focused on this contemporary discourse. The chapter had its genesis from recommendations found in a dismal research report from the Canadian Senate entitled Children:The Silenced Citizens2 (Senate of Canada, 2005, 2007), an exhaustive investigation into implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC, 1989) in Canada, although underlying notions that young people’s views are silenced from relevant discourses is a familiar one throughout the literature. As noted in the Introduction for this Handbook, conceptually children’s rights have grown apart from human rights in general, and this pattern is reflected in discourses to do with the “worldwide resurgence of interest in questions about education and democratic citizenship” noted by Biesta and Lawy (2006, p. 63).