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Abandoned Children

Abandoned Children

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Judith Ennew, Catherine Panter-Brick, Isabel dos Guimaraes Sa, David I. Kertzer, Malcolm T. Smith, Pier Paulo Viazzo, Maria Bortolotto, Andre Zanotto, Eftihia Voutira, Aigli Bourskou, Helen Charnley, Angela Veale, Max Taylor, Carol Linehan, Tobias Hecht, Rachel Baker, Heather Montgomery, Rachel Hinton, Mia Flores-Borquez
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  • Date Published: August 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521775557

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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 summarised 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. The range of historical and ethnographic case studies, over a variety of situations, illustrate the need to contextualise their position in particular cultural situations.

    • Anthropology of childhood a growing subdiscipline of anthropology worldwide
    • First interdisciplinary attempt to discuss abandoned children
    • Features well known contributors writing about childhood in different parts of the world
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'I recommend a full and careful reading of this volume to all those interested in research and intervention with children in difficult circumstances.' Jill E. Korbin, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

    'A fine piece of scholarship that should be read by those wishing to improve children's lives.' David Barrett, Children and Society

    'I recommend a full and careful reading of this volume to all those interested in research and intervention with children in difficult circumstances.' The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

    'All make for fascinating reading and provide important insights into how children adapt and cope with extremely difficult and often tragic situations.' Social Development Issues

    'All in all though, a fine piece of scholarship that should be read by those wishing to improve children's lives.' Children & Society

    '… a fascinating glimpse into a vast subject area.' The Economic History Review

    'In calling for more critical and issue-driven anthropological research on the condition of children growing up under challenging social and material conditions, this edited volume joins the ranks of Schepher-Hughes and Sargent's field-defining Small Wars: The Cultural Politics of Childhood (California), James, Jenks and Prout's Theorizing Childhood (Oxford) and Panther-Brick's excellent Biosocial Perspectives on Children (Cambridge). All of the contributions extend our understanding of the lives of children living outside of the idealized or typical framework of the Western family in several key ways. … Any social scientists interested in the problem of defining child well-being will find something of interest here.' D. W. Sellen, Department of Anthropology and International Health, Emory University, Atlanta

    ' … makes important contributions to the current re-emergence, reorientation, and intensification of anthropological interest in children and childhood(s) … I recommend a full and careful reading of this volume to all those interested in research and intervention with children in difficult circumstances.' Jill E. Korbin, Case Western Reserve University

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    • Date Published: August 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521775557
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Judith Ennew
    1. Nobody's children? A reconsideration of child abandonment Catherine Panter-Brick
    2. Circulation of children in eighteenth-century Portugal Isabel dos Guimaraes Sa
    3. The lives of foundlings in nineteenth-century Italy David I. Kertzer
    4. Modelling the economic and human costs of foundling care in the Azores Malcolm T. Smith
    5. Five centuries of foundling history in Florence: changing patterns of abandonment, care, and mortality Pier Paulo Viazzo, Maria Bortolotto and Andre Zanotto
    6. Child indoctrination in the Greek civil war and child welfare policy Eftihia Voutira and Aigli Bourskou
    7. Children separated from their families in the Mozambique war Helen Charnley
    8. A psychological perspective of 'abandoned' and 'abandoning' street children Angela Veale, Max Taylor and Carol Linehan
    9. In search of Brazil's street children Tobias Hecht
    10. A comparative perspective on abandonment in Nepal Rachel Baker and Catherine Panter-Brick
    11. Abandonment and child prostitution in a Thai slum community Heather Montgomery
    12. Seen but not heard: refugee children and models of intervention Rachel Hinton
    13. Children of protracted exile: where do we belong? Mia Flores-Borquez.

  • Editors

    Catherine Panter-Brick, University of Durham

    Malcolm T. Smith, University of Durham

    Contributors

    Judith Ennew, Catherine Panter-Brick, Isabel dos Guimaraes Sa, David I. Kertzer, Malcolm T. Smith, Pier Paulo Viazzo, Maria Bortolotto, Andre Zanotto, Eftihia Voutira, Aigli Bourskou, Helen Charnley, Angela Veale, Max Taylor, Carol Linehan, Tobias Hecht, Rachel Baker, Heather Montgomery, Rachel Hinton, Mia Flores-Borquez

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