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Discuss the relationship between a commitment to universal children's rights and a recognition of cultural differences in child-rearing practices.
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SCLG 2003, Amanda Hallett, SID: 9816982
Q13: 'Discuss the relationship between a commitment to universal children's rights and a recognition of cultural differences in child-rearing practices.'
The relationship between a commitment to universal children's rights and a recognition of cultural differences in child-rearing practices has been an issue of debate for over sixty years. International documents attempt to perform the dual roles of both upholding the legitimacy of cultural differences whilst simultaneously attempting to institute a universalised norm or standard. In order to do this they must battle divergences not just of definition, but also between various ideologies in such a manner that reconciles concepts of 'otherness'. Cultural differences present a number of problems for those seeking to understand the 'other', thus it is especially important that alternative value systems be viewed in their cultural and historical context. Most issues pertaining to international human rights also applies to that of universal children's rights, for example it is important to delineate between authentic cultural differences and those used to further political agendas. Further hindering international acceptance of any universal standard are those perceptions that link human rights activism to an attempt to enforce Western standards and thus global domination.
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