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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Historische Anthropologie
Volume (Issue) 24(3)
Page(s) 313 - 335
Title of proceedings Historische Anthropologie


Established in 1925, the League of Nations’ Child Welfare Committee (CWC) campaigned for the improvement of children’s rights. The age of both marriage and consent figured on the political agenda early in the campaign. CWC members aimed to raise the minimum ages on an international level. This article discusses how the idea that childhood ends at the 12th year of life was globalised and what role sexuality was attributed in distinguishing childhood from adolescence. By using analytical categories such as gender and race, this article shows how patriarchal and imperialistic orders modified and shaped universal claims in child protection.