From Innocents to Agents: Children and Children's Rights in New Zealand

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From Innocents to Agents is a timely analysis of the rise of children's rights in New Zealand. It examines the evolution from a nineteenth century understanding of children as 'innocents' needing protection within families, and where state involvement was minimal, to a more contemporary view of children as 'empowered agents' where the state and its agencies are primary. The author contends that a particular interpretation of international law has impacted domestic legislation and played a significant role in changing the status of children. This book is a must read for all interested in the future of family life and the welfare of New Zealand's children.

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Michael Reid researched and wrote From Innocents to Agents for Maxim Institute, an independent research and public policy think tank. He has a doctorate in history and has taught in primary and secondary schools in New Zealand for 15 years. Michael is married with three children.

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The account is as elegant and compelling as it is troubling... This beautifully written, extensively documented book should be read by any person concerned about children's wellbeing, family autonomy and liberty... --Dr Steven L Nock, Professor, Department of Sociology and Psychology, University of Virginia

From Innocents to Agents is a very comprehensive analysis of the history of children's rights in New Zealand which those who agree or disagree with the basic thesis should read. --Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of Law, University of Otago

From Innocents to Agents helpfully explores and highlights the development of the children's rights movement, revealing a tension that has never existed before between parental authority and the modern administrative state... It is a timely issue that demands the serious and informed attention of us all. --Fiona Mackenzie, Family Lawyer and Principal, Mackenzie Elvin Solicitors

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