This book explores the early modern origin of our ideas about children’s political status and the implications of different conceptions for children’s rights, their education, and their welfare.
Introduction. Children in politics and in political theory
Part I: Children or Citizens
Chapter 1. Locke and the invention of the apolitical child
Chapter 2. Montesquieu on the costs of the hyperpolitical child
Chapter 3. Rousseau’s dilemma: children or citizens?
Part II: Children as Citizens
Chapter 4. Smith and Condorcet on child labor and educational reforms
Chapter 5. Wollstonecraft’s vindication of the rights of girls
Chapter 6. Radical egalitarians on orphans, bastards, and other vulnerable children
Conclusion. Children as 21st Century Citizens