Child Labour

Child Labour

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This new study provides an analysis of the economic exploitation of children. The author shows that child labour is not only a widespread phenomenon in the poorer, developing countries, but also an integral part of modern industrial societies in the West and in Eastern Europe: the idea that child labour has been eradicated in modern industrial societies is a myth. In the first comprehensive study of this issue, Alec Fyfe examines the economic and social conditions under which child labour flourishes in the USA, Britain, Europe, Central and South America and India. He looks at exploitation in the cities and in the country, and the impact to urbanization on patterns on child labour. Other areas discussed include the growth of child prostitution, the phenomenon of street children, child soldiers, and the impact of world recession on children's lives. The author discusses the role of international organizations such as the International Labour Organization and UNICEF in establishing international rights for children and in forming conceptions of what childhood should be.
Fyfe concludes by calling for an overall anti-poverty strategy to combat world-wide exploitation, of which child labour is one particularly horrific aspect. This important work sets the agenda for debate in this area and will be of great interest to anyone working in the area of social work, child welfare, development studies and international politics. This book will be of interest to students and researchers in development studies, sociology, social policy and administration, social work, child welfare, public policy, international law, general readers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 12.7mm | 382g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745604005
  • 9780745604008

Table of contents

1. The Meaning and Consequences of Child Labour ; 2. The Myth of Child Labour Eradication: Europe ; 3. The Myth of Child Labour Eradication: The U.S.A. ; 4. Child Labour in Developing Countries: The Rural Sector ; 5. Child Labour in Developing Countries: The Urban Sector ; 6. Campaigning Against Child Labour ; 7. Debates and Dilemmas
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Review quote

"Alec Fyfe has addressed key problems and given the reader the benefit of a fresh analysis." Anti-Slavery Newsletter
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About Alec Fyfe

Alec Fyfe's interest in child labour began in 1983 when he proposed a joint publication between UNICEF (UK) and the TUC. All Work and No Play - Child Labour Today' was published in 1985. He has also been a consultant to both UNICEF (Geneva HQ) and the ILO.
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