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Children’s Rights and the Capability Approach

Challenges and Prospects

  • Daniel Stoecklin
  • Jean-Michel Bonvin
  • Addresses new ways to approach Children’s rights

  • Highlights the gap between children’s formal rights and real freedom

  • Addresses a variety of settings and theoretical developments

  • Inspiring for human rights advocates


Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jean-Michel Bonvin, Daniel Stoecklin
    Pages 1-17
  3. Claudio Baraldi, Vittorio Iervese
    Pages 43-65
  4. Dominique Golay, Dominique Malatesta
    Pages 109-130
  5. Karl Hanson, Michele Poretti, Frédéric Darbellay
    Pages 233-252
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-293

About this book


This volume addresses the conditions allowing the transformation of specific children’s rights into capabilities in settings as different as children’s parliaments, organized leisure activities, contexts of vulnerability, children in care. It addresses theoretical questions linked to children’s agency and reflexivity, education, the life cycle perspective, child participation, evolving capabilities, and citizenship. The volume highlights important issues that have to be taken into account for the implementation of human rights and the development of peoples’ capabilities. The focus on children’s capabilities along a rights-based approach is an inspiring perspective that researchers and practitioners in the field of human rights would like to deepen.


A liberal perspective on young people and citizenship Child participation in children’s parliament Children’s right studies Contextualizing children’s rights Cross-fertilizing childrens’s rights Growing up in contexts of vulnerability Observing capabilities and functionings Participation of children in care in assessment process Transforming children’s rights into real freedom Understanding the institutionalized "youth land”

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Stoecklin
    • 1
  • Jean-Michel Bonvin
    • 2
  1. 1.University Institute Kurt Bösch (IUKB)SionSwitzerland
  2. 2.Univ. of Applied Sciences Western SwitzerlandLausanneSwitzerland

About the editors

Daniel Stoecklin is Associate Professor in Sociology, at the University Institute Kurt Bösch (IUKB), in Sion, Switzerland. His areas of research and teaching are the sociology of childhood, children’s rights, street children and participation. He is also a Scientific Collaborator, at the International Institute for the Rights of the Child. His has worked for several NGOs regarding projects in the field of children in difficult situations and he has been an Independent Expert for the Council of Europe regarding children’s participation.

Jean-Michel Bonvin is Professor in Sociology and Social Policies at the Haute école de travail social et de la santé – éésp – Vaud. His areas of expertise include social policies (notably in favor of disadvantaged youth), sociology of work and organizations and theories of justice and the capability approach. His research has been funded by the European Union (FP6 and FP7) and by the Swiss National Fund.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Children’s Rights and the Capability Approach
  • Book Subtitle Challenges and Prospects
  • Editors Daniel Stoecklin
    Jean-Michel Bonvin
  • Series Title Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Children's Well-Being
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-9090-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0715-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-9091-8
  • Series ISSN 1879-5196
  • Series E-ISSN 1879-520X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 293
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quality of Life Research
    Human Rights
    Social Structure, Social Inequality
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