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Living Rights in Translation

An interdisciplinary approach of working children’s rights

Personnel LPED impliqué

  • JACQUEMIN Mélanie - Sociologue, chargée de recherche à l'IRD. En accueil au LISST - Centre d’anthropologie sociale, Toulouse

Université de Genève - Centre Interfacultaire en Droits de l’Enfant/ IHEID/ FNS - 2015-2018

Coord. : Karl Hanson, Frédéric Darbellay, Yvan Droz

Contact LPED : melanie.jacquemin

The research project aims to study the trajectories of local conceptualisations of children’s rights within a larger network that brings together child rights actors and discourses on children’s rights. Empirical studies of children’s opinions and understandings of their rights and their translations will be undertaken to further explore the interrelations and flux between the concepts living rights, social justice and translations, an original conceptual framework that aims to better understand the complex ways in which children’s rights come into play in international development.

In order to follow the trajectories of children’s local opinions and understanding of their rights, the project will concentrate on the encounters of working children’s organizations with local and global actors and on the travels of the claim to recognise children’s right to work in dignity. Starting from a study of the moral foundations of working children’s local practices, the study will follow their contacts with powerful institutional actors and official positions on the abolition of child labour. It will investigate how children’s claims have had an impact on, or have been impacted by, other actors and discourses in the child labour policy making network, in which working children have had minor access. The research will give particular attention to the interstitial space between local perspectives and the points of view adopted by staff of cosmopolite international organizations, where dominant child labour regulations and policies are designed and gain official status.

Comité scientifique :
Karl Hanson, Centre Interfacultaire en Droits de l’Enfant/Université de Genève
Frédéric Darbellay, CIDE/Université de Genève
Yvan Droz, Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement, Genève
Sarada Balagopalan, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi
Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, University of Sussex, Brighton
Mélanie Jacquemin, LPED/IRD-Aix Marseille Université
Olga Nieuwenhuys, University of Amsterdam
Yaw Ofosu-Kusi, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
Michele Poretti, CIDE/Université de Genève

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