Mobilising Family Solidarity? Rights, Responsibilities and Secondary Schooling in Urban Mexico

  • Maribel Blasco


Rights-based approaches to social development have gained increasing currency in recent years. Their attraction lies partly in the fact that they recast the poor and other marginalised groups as active subjects in their own development rather than passive beneficiaries of welfare and aid or, at the other extreme, as empowered consumers exercising ‘choice’ (DFID, 2000: 13, in Cornwall, 2002: 55; Subrahmanian, 2002). In Mexico, the focus of this chapter, social rights have been increasingly linked to the notion of responsible citizenship and social participation (Gordon, 2001). These developments have implications for children, who depend on their parents, guardians or other adults to enforce their social rights.


Basic Education North American Free Trade Agreement Family Obligation Responsible Citizenship Economic Capability 
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