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Children, politics and communicationParticipation at the margins$
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Nigel Thomas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421845

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.001.0001

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The children of Loxicha: participation beyond the UNCRC rhetoric?

The children of Loxicha: participation beyond the UNCRC rhetoric?

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(p.49) Three The children of Loxicha: participation beyond the UNCRC rhetoric?
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Children, politics and communication
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Anne-Marie Smith

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0004

This chapter is based on the ethnographic research carried out in Oaxaca City, Mexico. It focuses on the lives of the displaced children of Loxicha, in particular their involvement in their community's political struggle, and explores the challenges this involvement presents for existing notions of childhood and of child participation, as framed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It notes that the children of Loxicha have played a key role in their community's struggle, going on marches and participating in sit-ins and hunger strikes. It questions the ways in which the childhoods experienced by the Loxicha children are redefined to suit adult notions of ‘lost childhood’, overlooking the complex and multi-layered nature of their daily realities.

Keywords:   ethnographic research, Oaxaca City, Mexico, displaced children, political struggle, United Nations, Loxicha, lost childhood

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