Pluralism: A Principle for Children's Rights

Holning Lau
June 2007
Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review;Summer2007, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p317
Academic Journal
The article presents a discussion on the concept of identity on the context of childhood. Until the 1950s, the concept of identity is not commonly used until the 1950s when psychologist Erik H. Erikson introduced the terms identity and identity crisis in his works on children. According to the author, the developmental state of childhood renders children particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of assimilation demands. The author argues that children are harmed when they are pressured to suppress traits of minority social groups in order to fit into the mainstream. He offers a two-pronged pluralism principle for children's rights jurisprudence.


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