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Description - The Exploited Child by Bernard Schlemmer

This landmark investigation of child labour explores difficult conceptual and public policy issues. It demonstrates the sheer prevalence of the commercial exploitation of child labour in both industrial and developing countries, and its rapid growth today under the twin pressures of mass poverty and the globalized marketplace for labour. In addition to its rich empirical material from countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe, the following approaches stand out: The clear distinction made between the socialization of children through labour within the family and their economic exploitation for profit; The analysis illuminating the transition between these two phenomena that is now proceeding apace; An analytical focus on the role of adults with responsibility for children, and the specific form which paternal domination takes towards children; The very difficult issues of public policy that have to be faced. At a time when there is more awareness of the exploitation of children than previously, this compelling volume gives us not only a moving portrait of children's exploitation, but the tools needed to understand its roots and what, given the political will, needs to be done.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781856497213
ISBN-10: 1856497216
Format: Paperback
(236mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bernard Schlemmer

Bernard Schlemmer, the editor of this volume, is Director of Research at the French Institute for Scientific Research into Development and Cooperation (ORSTOM) in Paris. He is the editor of numerous edited volumes in French, including Terrains et engagements de Claude Meillassoux (Paris: Karthala, 1998) and has contributed articles to numerous scholarly journals in French, Spanish and English.