778487 GSC0010.1177/2043610618778487Global Studies of ChildhoodBook review book-review2018 Global Studies of Childhood 1 –2 Book review © The Author(s) 2018 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/2043610618778487 DOI: 10.1177/2043610618778487 journals.sagepub.com/home/gsc John Wall, Children’s Rights, Today’s Global Challenge, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017; 198 pp. £17.95, ISBN 9781442249783 Reviewed by: Sarah Richards, University of Suffolk, UK In this volume, Wall skilfully takes the contested subject area of children’s rights and makes it accessible to a wide range of readers without reducing the quality or complexity of the debates presented. The aims of the book are articulated clearly at the outset and primarily focus on a ‘com- prehensive exploration’ of the children’s rights movement (p. 2). Each chapter sets out relevant knowledge and background material to assist the reader to understand and engage with often intri- cate and multifaceted issues which surround children’s rights today. The content is thought-pro- voking and calls for (as others have also done) a transformation of rights discourses to embrace what Wall terms ‘Childism’, where the inclusion of children in rights discourses extends beyond perspectives of concerns around welfare and protection and demands a shift in the ways that rights for all are conceived and constructed. Emblematic of
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