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Puzzling over Children's Rights
Brigham Young University Law Review
  • John E. Coons, Berkeley Law
  • Robert H. Mnookin
  • Stephen D. Sugarman, Berkeley Law
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This Article Discusses the Movement Started in The 1960's to Improve Children's Legal Rights and How They are Treated Under the Law. The Authors Explore the Intellectual Foundations of Our Conventions About Children and Share Some of The Puzzles that They Have Identified. They Discuss When Childhood Begins and Ends, Whether Children are Worse off or Better off Now Than in The Past, and Whether the Purpose of Childhood is Only a Concern of The Present or Is It Preparation for Future Adulthood. They Discuss Children's Entitlements to The Goods of The World in Relation to Their Parents, Other Adults, and Other Children from Other Families. A Child's Duties, Accountability, and 'goodness' are Examined. The Concept of Adults Representing the Interests of Children is Discussed; Whether the Child's Advocates Should Be His Parents or Lawyers (The State), and When the State Should Simply Withdraw and Allow Young People to Act On Their Own or Whether the State Would Actively Help Parents to Control Their Children (Or Help Children to Escape Their Parents) (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

Citation Information
Puzzling over Children's Rights, 1991 BYU L. Rev. 307 (1991)