Abolish Childhood!
  • Edinburgh Fringe

Childhood is an injustice. Childhood infantilises, exploits, and oppresses children. Dr Philip Cook (University of Edinburgh) argues that justice demands we abolish childhood. But how can we abolish childhood? And would abolishing childhood harm children? Philip explains how society creates childhood through its laws. These laws aim to protect children, but they end up disempowering them. Children should be treated as equals, entitled to make their own choices about their lives. Treating children as equals might seem shocking, but abolishing childhood is the best thing we can do if we truly care about our children.