A Will of Their Own: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Working Children

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Zed Books, Oct 15, 2004 - Political Science - 321 pages
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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 globalization. It can take on widely differing forms and can harm children, but also benefit them. This book's approach is distinctive: it endeavors 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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Contents

Introduction
1
The structure of the book 115
15
The childrens organizations view of the subject 125 Social
33
Differentiating analyses of childrens work 146
46
Discovering working children as subjects 51 Participative research
66
Age categories and economic responsibilities 178 Allotting
87
Autonomous childrens groups 193 The conveyance of property
106
Working children in Europe loss or new perspectives
112
its extent and historical development 1150 Household
170
reflections on
176
towards a subject
194
How working children resist exploitation and strive
216
Ways to selfdetermined childrens work? The signi
232
Thoughts on a subjectoriented theory of working
269
Bibliography
285
Index
312

The extent and areas of childrens work 1113 Forms and con
142
Working children and adolescents in the USA juggling
148

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Manfred Liebel is Professor of Sociology at the Technical University of Berlin. His main area is international and intercultural research on childhood and youth. He is staff-member of the TU-Centre for Global Education and International Cooperation and consultant of working children and youth movements in Latin America and Africa.

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