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Too young for respect? Realising respect for young children in their everyday environments: a cross-cultural analysis - Multiple Chapters - Early Childhood Development
by Shanti George

'Children should be seen and not heard.' Dismissive statements like this one about children, especially young children, are heard in various societies and express a trivialisation of childhood that is often taken as justified. This paper challenges such routine disrespect shown to young children in everyday life, both in word and deed, in cultures around the world. It highlights the conceptual disrespect towards young children upon which much theorising about 'respect'-for adults- has been premised from the secular philosophies of the 'Enlightenment' until today.

Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay
Publisher: Bernard van leer Foundation (2009)
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Language: English
ISBN: 978-90-6195-115-5
ISSN: 1383-7907

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