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ERIC Number: EJ903661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
Reporting the Rhetoric, Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as Represented in Ireland's Second Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child: A Critical Discourse Analysis
Kiersey, Rachel A.; Hayes, Noirin
Child Care in Practice, v16 n4 p327-346 Oct 2010
Ireland's second periodic report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) presents the government's case that it is succeeding in protecting and promoting the rights of all children in Ireland. This article presents a critical discourse analysis of the government's Report to the CRC. Using a refined critical discourse analysis model, based on the framework proposed by Chouliaraki and Fairclough, the linguistic structure of the Report is examined alongside consideration of the wider sociopolitical context in which it exists. The Report is itself a promotional genre. It lists legislative change, strategy plans and other policy activity intended to have an impact on children's rights. This promotional genre is realised in the Report through drawing on the language necessary to sell the government as successful in implementation of the Convention, to the CRC. Through adherence to the structured language of reporting, in tandem with the careful positioning of paragraphs, the report serves to circumvent the absences of legislation and provisions that directly influence and impact on children's rights. Thus, the analysis reported in this article confirms the view that much of the discourse is rhetorical. Nevertheless, the Report generally represents the government as progressing in the field of implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This has led to an assumption that the reporting mechanisms of the CRC may allow for such rhetorical construction of reports, thus a brief linguistic textual analysis of the CRC guidelines for periodic reports is included to reveal whether there is a case for this assumption. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland