An expert in her field, Helen Penn discusses the inequalities between and within countries of childhood poverty and how this poverty is recognized and defined through the following case-studies:
- Kazakhstan - once part of the Soviet Union
- Swaziland - a country in Southern Africa devastated by HIV and AIDS
- Himalayan India
- Brazil - one of the world's most unequal countries.
These four case studies illustrate the diversity and complexity of the responses to the attempts to globalise childhood and highlight the need to address the inequalities of childhood experience.
'Penn has visited the places she describes, so she is able to give first-hand accounts … Penn concludes these shocking snapshots of an international disgrace with positive suggestions about what can be done … It is a powerful story well told.' - Times Educational Supplement
'Penn … gives an insight into the practices of governments and international non-governmental organisations. By summarising discourses on these key theories it is possible for readers from all disciplines to understand the key issues being addressed. Further, the language used throughout the book makes it easily readable and understandable.' - Children's Geographies
Table of Contents
1. Global inequalities 2. Interpreting Poverty 3. Understanding Early Childhood 4. Lending a Helping Hand 5. Kazakhstan 6. Swaziland 7. India 8. Brazil 9. The Ethics of Intervention
About the Series
This groundbreaking new series questions the current dominant discourses surrounding early childhood, and offers instead alternative narratives of an area that is now made up of a multitude of perspectives and debates.
The series examines the possibilities and risks arising from the accelerated development of early childhood services and policies, and illustrates how it has become increasingly steeped in regulation and control. Insightfully, this collection of books shows how early childhood services can in fact contribute to ethical and democratic practices. The authors explore new ideas taken from alternative working practices in both the western and developing world, and from other academic disciplines such as developmental psychology. Current theories and best practice are placed in relation to the major processes of political, social, economic, cultural and technological change occurring in the world today.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- EDUCATION / General
- EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
- EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
- EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General