Justice, Education and the Politics of Childhood

Challenges and Perspectives

  • Johannes Drerup
  • Gunter Graf
  • Christoph Schickhardt
  • Gottfried Schweiger

Part of the Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations book series (PPCE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Children and Childhood: Autonomy, Well-Being and Paternalism

  3. Justice for Children

  4. The Politics of Childhood

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-253

About this book


This volume contributes to the ongoing interdisciplinary controversies about the moral, legal and political status of children and childhood. It comprises essays by scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds on diverse theoretical problems and public policy controversies that bear upon different facets of the life of children in contemporary liberal democracies. The book is divided into three major parts that are each organized around a common general theme. The first part (“Children and Childhood: Autonomy, Well-Being and Paternalism”) focusses on key concepts of an ethics of childhood. Part two (“Justice for Children”) contains chapters that are concerned with the topics of justice for children and justice during childhood. The third part (“The Politics of Childhood”) deals with issues that concern the importance of `childhood´ as a historically contingent political category and its relevance for the justification and practical design of political processes and institutions that affect children and families. 


Children of Unreasonable Citizens Children’s Rights Children’s welfare interests Consumer Culture Cultural Minorities Eating disorders in children Education for Autonomy Equal life chances Equality for children Fishkins Trilemma Injustice and the child´s perspective Intrinsic Goods of Childhood Justice, Education and the Politics of Childhood Parental authority Perfectionist Liberalism Philosophy of Education and Political Philosophy Political Interrogation of the School Rights to healthcare Vulnerable Children capacity, Consistency and the Young

Editors and affiliations

  • Johannes Drerup
    • 1
  • Gunter Graf
    • 2
  • Christoph Schickhardt
    • 3
  • Gottfried Schweiger
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Educational ScienceWWU MünsterMünsterGermany
  2. 2.Centre for Ethics and Poverty ResearchUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  3. 3.University Hospital HeidelbergNational Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT)HeidelbergGermany
  4. 4.Centre for Ethics and Poverty ReseaUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria

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