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Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing$
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Matthew Clayton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268948

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199268940.001.0001

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The Age of Majority

The Age of Majority

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(p.180) 5 The Age of Majority
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Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing
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Matthew Clayton (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199268940.003.0006

This chapter addresses issues of justice with respect to the end of childhood. Should there be an age at which certain legal rights become available to individuals and, if so, how should the appropriate age be determined? The chapter defends age-based discrimination against objections that it is unjust or undemocratic. It then considers the issue of the voting age and defends certain criteria for its determination.

Keywords:   age of majority, discrimination, franchise, democracy

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