The Exploited Child

Bernard Schlemmer

The Exploited Child

Bernard Schlemmer

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352 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2000  
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781856497213 Published July 2000 For sale in North and South America only
This landmark investigation of child labour explores difficult conceptual and public policy issues. It demonstrates the sheer prevalence of the commerical exploitation of child labour in both industrial and developing countries, and its rapid growth today under the twin pressures of mass poverty and the globalized marketplace for labour. In addition to its rich empirical material from countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe, the following approaches stand out: The clear distinction made between the socialization of children through labour within the family and their economic explitation for profit; The analysis illuminating the transition between these two phenomena that is now proceeding apace; An analytical focus on the role of adults with responsibility for children, and the specific form which paternal domination takes towards children; The very difficult issues of public policy that have to be faced. At a time when there is more awareness of the exploitation of children than previously, this compelling volume gives us not only a moving portrait of children‘s exploitation, but the tools needed to understand its roots and what, given the political will, needs to be done.
Contents
1. General Introduction - Bernard Schlemmer

Part 1: The Economic and Social Context of Child Labour
2. Introduction: A History of Exploited Children in Europe - Alessandro Stella
Child Labour in the Current Economic System
3. The Economy and Child Labour: An Overview - Claude Meillassoux
4. Child Labour and the Export Sector in the Indian Carpet Industry - Mohini Gulrajani
5. Growing up in Ghana: Deregulaton and the Employment of Children - Martin Verlet
6. Living and Working Conditions: Child Labour in the Coal Mines of Colombia - Beatriz S. Cespedes Sastre and Maria-Isabel Zarama V Meyer
7. Stigmatisation versus Identity: Child Street Workers in Mexico - Elvira Taracena and Maria-Luisa Tavera
Child Labour in Society
8. Public Policy, Society and Child Labour - Francis Gendreau
9. Why is Child Labour Tolerated? The Case of Brazil - Lia Fukui
10. The Social Exclusion of Children in circumstances of Rapid Economic Growth: Working Children in Thailand - Chantana Banpasirichote
11. The Public Policy Problem: Child Labour and the Law in India - Usha Ramanathan
12. Debates on Poor Children in Brazil: Between Marginalisation and Premature Labour - Rosilene Alvim

Part 2: The Structure and Dynamics of Exploitation
13. Introduction: Child Labour in the light of Bonded Labour - Michel Bonnet
The Domination of Fathers as the Typical Social Relationship
14. Paternal Domination: The Typical Relationship Conditioning the Exploitation of Children - Alain Morice
15. Child Employment in a Capitalist Labour Market: The British Case - Michael Lavalette
16. Coffee Beans and the Seeds of Labour: Child Labour on Guatemalan Plantations - Charles-Edouard de Suremain
17. The Exploitation of Apprentices in Togo - Yves Marguerat
18. Apprenticeship in France: A Parallel Case in an Industrialised Society - Bernard Garet
From Socialisation through Work to Exploitation for a Profit
19. Family versus the Logic of the Market - Robert Cabanes
20. The Demand for Labour within the Household: Child Labour in Togo - Marie-France Lange
21. The Household Economy and Commercial Exploitation of Children‘s Work: the Case of Kerala - Olga Nieuwenhuys
22. The Disintegrating Social Fabric: Child Labour and Socialisation in Senegal - Serigne Mor Mbaye and Abdou Salam Fall
23. ‘Unexploited‘ Labour: Social Transition in Madagascar - Bodo Ravololomanga and Bernard Schlemmer
24. Looking Ahead: A General Conclusion - Claude Meillassoux
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