Description - The Exploited Child by Bernard Schlemmer
This volume explores the difficult conceptual and public policy issues involved in child labour. The contributors demonstrate the sheer prevalence of the commercial exploitation of child labour, its existence in both industrial and developing countries, and its rapid growth today under the twin pressures of mass poverty and the drive for cheaper production. They make a clear distinction between the socialisation of children through labour within the family and their economic exploitation for profit, and illustrate the transition between the two phenomena that is now rapidly under way. They analyse the role of adults with responsibility for children, and the specific form taken by paternal domination. At a time of growing awareness of the issue, they provide not only a moving portrait of the diversity, scale and intensity 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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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.