Children’s Human Rights and Humanitarian Rhetorics
Hesford, Wendy S.
CollectionKnowledge Unlatched (KU); Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME)
Violent Exceptions turns to the humanitarian figure of the child-in-peril in twenty-first-century political discourse to better understand how this figure is appropriated by political constituencies for purposes rarely to do with the needs of children at risk. Wendy S. Hesford shows how the figure of the child-in-peril is predicated on racial division, which, she argues, is central to both conservative and liberal logics, especially at times of crisis when politicians leverage humanitarian storytelling as a political weapon. Through iconic images and stories of child migrants, child refugees, undocumented children, child soldiers, and children who are victims of war, terrorism, and state violence, Violent Exceptions illustrates how humanitarian rhetoric turns public attention away from systemic violations against children’s human rights and reframes this violence as exceptional—erasing more gradual forms of violence and minimizing human rights potential to counteract these violations and the precarious conditions from which they arise.
KeywordsPolitical Science; Human Rights; Language Arts & Disciplines; Rhetoric; Social Science; Children's Studies
PublisherThe Ohio State University Press
Publication date and place2021
ImprintThe Ohio State University Press
Semantics, discourse analysis, etc
Age groups: children