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Palgrave Macmillan

Children, Rights and Modernity in China

Raising Self-Governing Citizens

ISBN 9781137346582
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Studies in Childhood and Youth

A timely, original study of the emergence of a new type of thinking about children and their rights in contemporary urban China, which draws on diverse evidence from Chinese government, academic, media, and pedagogic publications, as well as on participant observation and interviews in two primary schools and among elite and middle class families in Shanghai, China. Drawing on rich, ethnographic data, this book debunks many popular and scholarly stereotypes about the predominance of Confucian ideas of parental authority in China or about the indifference to individual human rights in the political and public culture of the PRC. This book also recognizes the complexities and conflicts that exist in Chinese discourses about and practices toward children, as older ideas of filiality, neoliberal ideologies, and the new awareness of children's right to privacy, to expressing their views, and to protection against violence compete and collude in complicated, often contradictory ways.

Orna Naftali is Lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

1. Recasting Children as Autonomous Persons: Children as Future Citizens and Workers
2. Children's Right to Self-Ownership: Space, Privacy and Punishment
3. Constituting Rights as Needs: Psychology and the Rise of Middle Class Childhood
4. The Filial Child Revisited: Tradition Holds its Ground in Modern Shanghai


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