Raising Queer Children and Children of Queer parents: Children’s Political Agency, Human Rights and Hannah Arendt’s concept of 'Parental Responsibility'

Francesca Romana Ammaturo

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This article moves from Arendt’s concept of ‘parental responsibility’
expressed in ‘Reflections on Little Rock’ (1959), where the author
questioned whether children should be made part of adults’ political fights.
Whilst pertinent to the school de-segregation movement for black children
in the US in 1950s, Arendt’s provocations are applied here to navigate the
tensions between the right to self-determination of the child, the child’s
best interest, and parents’ desire to raise their children as they wish in
relation to children’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The article
suggests that a new radical engagement with the notion of ‘children’s
political agency, and a re-articulation of the concept of ‘the best interest of
the child’ are required in order to enhance the right of the child to sexual
and gender self-determination.

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2018

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