The Child in Law, Religion, and Society

Project Description

An interdisciplinary exploration of children, with focus on birth, naming, and growth; children's rights and rites; education and formation; child abuse, poverty, and homelessness; juvenile delinquency, violence, public policy responses, and reforms.


The Pew Charitable Trusts, Inc. and John Templeton Foundation

Senior Advisors
CSLR Participants

Project Publications

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"Affirmative Action: Did the Supreme Court Save It?,"April 11, 2005 Earl Lewis, Emory University Provost, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies
The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency, The New Press, 2004 Martha Albertson Fineman
The Best Love of the Child: Being Loved and Being Taught to Love as the First Human Right, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011 Timothy P. Jackson
"'But Even So, Look at That': Working with the Convention on the Rights of the Child," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2006): 217-239 Martin E. Marty
PDF link "Challenges of Adolescence and Violence,"March 23, 2005 Peter Ash, Robyn L. Fivush
The Child in Christian Thought, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001 Marcia J. Bunge
Children and Childhood in World Religions, Rutgers University Press, 2009 Don S. Browning†, Marcia J. Bunge
Children and Childhood in American Religions, Rutgers University Press, 2009 Don S. Browning†, Bonnie Miller-McLemore
"Children: Will We Ever Get it Right?,"October 27, 2004 Martin E. Marty, William H. Foege, Presidential Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Emory University and fellow and advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World, Chalice Press, 2008 Mary Elizabeth Moore, Almeda M. Wright
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In Their Own Words

"We need to develop ways to teach families to talk about their individual and shared past together in ways that facilitate adolescent self-understanding and self-esteem. We need to teach families to talk about their negative experiences and their negative emotions in ways that help adolescents learn to manage and regulate their negative affect, rather than to act out on it. These are not difficult concepts; if we can help families to collaboratively construct narratives then we can help families buffer adolescents from the stress and storm of adolescence and help these adolescents to form healthy adult identities. Families build resilience through building stories."

–Robyn L. Fivush