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ERIC Number: EJ965518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
Can Democracy Represent Children? Toward a Politics of Difference
Wall, John
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v19 n1 p86-100 Feb 2012
Children and youth under 18 have made significant strides in recent years toward fuller inclusion in democratic processes. These strides, however, rarely rise to the level of direct political representation, whether in changing policies, making laws, or voting. This article argues that democracies will be able to represent children only by transforming what is meant by democratic representation in the first place. It shows why democratic theory has traditionally excluded children, how representation is more than just participation or citizenship, and how current children's political movements provide lessons for a more expansive politics of direct representation regardless of age.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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