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Hidden Lives: Voices of Children in Latin America and the Caribbean (Global issues series) Paperback – 1 May 1998
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On Third World streets or First World televisions, Latin America's children are seen but seldom listened to. Child labourers, street children and shanty town kids are portrayed in the West as helpless victims, passive, big-eyed and hungry, besieged by poverty and violence. However, this text argues that if you talk to the children themselves a different picture emerges - one of children as active, energetic and resourceful fighters, struggling to improve their lives, get an education, and earn a living. The book explores the lives of children through their own eyes and voices. It argues that child participation is both a right and a necessity if child-centred social programmes are to succeed. More broadly, harnessing the energy of children could help the region tackle pressing environmental and social problems. Duncan Green talks to children across the continent, watching them at work and play, on the streets or in the home. He interviews children in Brazil, Jamaica, Peru, Columbia, Honduras and Nicaragua, as well as teachers, welfare workers and other adults involved in their lives.He provides comprehensive background research to support his findings, while photographs illustrate the text.
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24 August 2007
This book is an excellent overview of some of the problems facing children in Latin America. It challenges some of our traditional western perceptions but is easily accessible to the reader. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to dig a little deeper into Latin America without reading an academic tome!!