Abandoned Children

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Catherine Panter-Brick, Malcolm T. Smith
Cambridge University Press, Aug 3, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 231 pages
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The situation of children abandoned by adults, in foundling homes, sleeping rough in the streets, in refugee camps, and in other circumstances, attracts much political and journalistic attention, but surprisingly little from social scientists. As the editors of this volume point out, there is therefore not enough said about the varieties of experiences summarized as "abandonment." Nor has enough effort been put into studying the perspectives of children themselves on their situation. Situating the discourse on child abandonment in the more general field of debate on children, both historical and ethnographic, this book attempts to show that the presentations of "abandoned" children tend to take for granted ethnocentric ideas about what children can and should do, and about what their relationship should be with adults.
  

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Contents

Nobodys children? A reconsideration of child abandonment
1
Circulation of children in eighteenthcentury Portugal
27
The lives of foundlings in nineteenthcentury Italy
41
Modelling the economic and human costs of foundling care in the Azores
57
Five centuries of foundling history in Florence changing patterns of abandonment care and mortality
70
Borrowed children in the Greek civil war
92
Children separated from their families in the Mozambique war
111
Psychological perspectives of abandoned and abandoning street children
131
In search of Brazils street children
146
A comparative perspective on childrens careers and abandonment in Nepal
161
Abandonment and child prostitution in a Thai slum community
182
Seen but not heard refugee children and models for intervention
199
Children of protracted exile where do we belong?
213
Index
224
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