Child Labor: A Global View

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Political Science - 221 pages
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An unprecedented number of children around the world are working today. This volume is a must-have, up-to-date survey for student research. In the 15 examined countries, poverty, lack of education, gender inequity, the demands of the global marketplace, and easy sex tourism are key factors contributing to the child labor crisis. Each chapter depicts the child labor scene in a particular country, along with detailed conditions, the history of the problem, the present state of child labor, political policies, and social aspects, and the ultimate outlook.

Child labor is a complex social and political issue with a long and evolving history. The phenomenon of child labor, including prostitution, has been a focus of debate especially in the last two centuries and continues to generate fierce reactions. An unprecedented number of children around the world are working today. This volume is a must-have, up-to-date survey for student research. In the 15 examined countries, poverty, lack of education, gender inequity, the demands of the global marketplace, and easy sex tourism are key factors contributing to the child labor crisis. Each chapter depicts the child labor scene in a particular country, along with detailed conditions, the history of the problem, the present state of child labor, political policies and social aspects, and the ultimate outlook.

The scope of the topic is wide, and basic definitions of what constitutes child and labor vary from country to country. International laws and conventions promoted by labor and human rights groups are establishing new norms to counteract harsh cultural and economic realities, but these and similar local laws are hard to enforce. These issues are explored, and vignettes from the children's point of view add a human-interest angle to the narrative.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
BANGLADESH
13
BRAZIL
27
CHINA
39
THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
55
GEORGIA
69
GUATEMALA
79
HONDURAS
91
MEXICO
123
SOUTH AFRICA
143
SOUTH KOREA
157
THAILAND
175
THE UNITED STATES
185
ZIMBABWE
199
Index
213
About the Editors and Contributors
219

INDIA
101
IRAN
113

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About the author (2004)

CATHRYNE L. SCHMITZ is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston.

ELIZABETH KIMJIN TRAVER is Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston.

DESI LARSON is Associate Professor of Adult Education at the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston.

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