Youth Rights Library

Freechild Institute Youth Rights Toolkit

Around the world young people are speaking up, demanding the human rights that match their responsibilities throughout society. There’s a library of writing about their rights and about the youth rights movement. Following are some of those books.

The young, free to act on their initiative, can lead their elders in the direction of the unknown… The children, the young, must ask the questions that we would never think to ask, but enough trust must be re-established so that the elders will be permitted to work with them on the answers. — Margaret Mead

Monographs, Articles and Books

Feature on Mike Males

For more than 15 years sociologist Mike Males has been fighting a scholarly fight with mass media, the nonprofit youth industry, and popular culture as he argues that “the kids are okay.” His popular books, including Framing Youth and The Scapegoat Generation, have drawn massive attention to the demonization of young people; they have also validated and empowered many young peoples’ intuitive understandings of the situations youth face in mainstream society today. Following are some of his books and articles.

  • Teens and Adult Partners — by Mike Males for the Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. Males explores popular misconceptions about teen sex, its causes and its consequences.
  • Bullying Girls — by Mike Males in the Los Angeles Times. This article addresses the false perceptions mainstream books and the media are pushing about young women.
  • With a drug czar like John Walters, who needs Osama? — by Mike Males in Youth Today. Males explores current policies and practices that sacrifice honesty for government funding.
  • California’s Winter of Hate — by Mike Males in Youth Today. Males exposes the consequences of the increasing fear of youth by juxtaposing the media’s portrayal of youth with decreasing public funding of schools, services, and more for young people.
  • Coming of age in America — by Mike Males in Youth Today. “Crazed anti-youth panics are rampant,” Males states, and quickly summarizes the entire situation facing youth today in a concise rendering of the lessons of Margaret Mead’s most poignant youth-related writing.
  • Kids and Guns:  How Politicians, Experts and Press Fabricate Fear of Youth  — by Mike Males. “Kids and guns” is not the problem, but a diversion by a complacent, established America that propagates demographic myths about age and race, culture-war trivialities, and sensational scapegoating to avoid facing its own violence.
  • Framing Youth: 10 Myths About The Next Generation — by Mike Males. A modern exploration of the injustices youth face throughout American society.
  • The Scapegoat Generation: America’s War On Adolescents — by Mike Males.

Out-of-Print Publications

  • The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency — by Anthony Platt. (1969) University of Chicago Press.
  • Children’s Rights: Towards the Liberation of the Child — by P. Adams, et al. (1971) Praeger, New York.
  • Birthrights: A Bill of Rights for Children — by R. Farson. (1974). Macmillan, New York.
  • The Vanishing Adolescent — by Edgar Friedenberg. (1959).
  • Children’s Liberation — Edited by D. Gottlieb. (1973).
  • The Children’s Rights Movement — Edited by B. Gross and R. Gross. (1977).
  • Children’s Rights Handbook — by K. Hefner. (1979).
  • Children’s Rights and the Mental Health Professions — by GP Koocher. (1976).
  • First Rights: A Guide to Legal Rights for Young People — by M Rae, (1979).
  • Children of the Counterculture — by J Rothchild and S. Wolf. (1976).

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