Abandoned Children

Abandoned Children by Catherine Panter-Brick, Malcolm T. Smith

Title: Abandoned Children
Author: Catherine Panter-Brick, Malcolm T. Smith
ISBN10: 0521775558
ISBN13: 978-0521775557
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 15, 2000)
Language: English
Subcategory: Family Relationships
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Pages: 248 pages
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Abandoned Children by Catherine Panter-Brick, Malcolm T. Smith


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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 summarized 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.