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Description - A Will of Their Own by Manfred Liebel

Children's work is on the increase in all parts of the world, including the affluent countries of Europe and North America, and is closely linked with the processes of globalisation. It can take on widely differing forms; and can harm children, but also benefit them. This book's approach is distinctive: it endeavours to understand working children, and their ways of living and acting, from their own perspective. It is interested in the children's own experiences and hopes, especially their attempts to speak out in public and to fight together against exploitation and discrimination. It shows that children frequently see and evaluate their work differently from adults, and that measures directed against children's work are not always in the interests of the children. It argues for a new, "subject-oriented" approach in dealing with children's work, which takes account of socio-cultural contexts, both in theory and practice.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842773499
ISBN-10: 1842773496
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 336
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Manfred Liebel

Manfred Liebel is professor of sociology at the Technical University (TU) of Berlin, specialising in international and intercultural research on childhood and youth. He is a staff-member of the TU-Centre for Global Education and International Cooperation and consultant on children and youth in Latin America and Africa.