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Liberalism, Childhood and Justice

Ethical Issues in Upbringing

By Tim Fowler

Published

19 Feb 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529201635

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

19 Feb 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529201666

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Combining political philosophy with sociological perspectives, this radical and critical account of family justice explores children’s wellbeing and ethical issues in children’s upbringing. Fowler reconceptualises what constitutes children’s wellbeing, the duties of parents to promote children’s wellbeing and the collective obligations of state and society to ensure that children’s best interests are advanced and protected.

    Arguing that the wellbeing of children should not be measured in terms of subjective happiness but rather by them coming to hold an appropriate set of values and aspirations, Fowler challenges the dominant liberal model of parenting and calls instead for all citizens to be responsible for guaranteeing that children lead flourishing lives.

    Tim Fowler is a Research Fellow in Sociology, Politics and International Studies and a Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK

    Section 1. A moral theory for children’s justice

    1.Aims of a moral theory and methodology

    2.What is a child?

    Section 2. Assessing Justice for Children

    3.The currency of children’s justice

    4.Welfare across the lifespan

    5.Priority, not equality, of welfare

    Section 3. Perfectionist upbringing

    6. Against neutrality

    7.What is perfectionism

    8.Examples of perfectionism

    Section 4. Children, Parents and Society

    9.Parental rights

    10.Parental duties

    11.Perfectionism and Parenting

    12.Beyond Parenting

    Section 5. Distributive implications

    13.Children’s distributive outcomes: Equality of opportunity

    14.Subsidising parents