Hidden Hands focuses on a specific and neglected area of contemporary child welfare; that of children's paid work and labour. This book provides the first cross-cultural examination of children's productive activities, their relationship to children's broader social lives, and their implications for the child's education, welfare and well-being. The contributors look at the situation both here and overseas. They discuss issues including conflicts between schooling, education and work in the UK, child poverty, motivating children to work, children from ethnic minorities, the work and labour of children in industrialised countries and the situation in the US, Denmark, Germany and Russia.
The growth in the study of childhood encompasses anthropology, sociology, social policy and social work, as well as education. This book will be of use in all of these areas.
Dr Mizen is a lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Warwick. He has published widely in the areas of children's work, youth unemployment and training, including Young People, Training and the State, (Cassell 1995)
Dr Pole is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester. He previously worked for NFER and the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research. His publications include: Assessing and Recording Achievement: A New Approach in School (OUP 1993) and two edited volumes for RoultldgeFalmer on key issues in primary and secondary education (1996) .
Ms Angela Bolton is an associate fellow at the University of Warwick. She was Project Officer at the National Association for the Education of Sick Children.
All are involved in dissemination of material from a recently completed research project entitled Work, Labour and Economic Life in Late Childhood funded under the Economic and Social Research Council