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TitleDisadvantaged Childhoods and Humanitarian Intervention [electronic resource] : Processes of Affective Commodification and Objectification / edited by Kristen Cheney, Aviva Sinervo
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript XIII, 232 p. 7 illus., 4 illus. in color. online resource


This book explores how humanitarian interventions for children in difficult circumstances engage in affective commodification of disadvantaged childhoods. The chapters consider how transnational charitable industries are created and mobilized around childhood need—highlighting children in situations of war and poverty, and with indeterminate access to health and education—to redirect global resource flows and sentiments in order to address concerns of child suffering. The authors discuss examples from around the world to show how, as much as these processes can help achieve the goals of aid organizations, such practices can also perpetuate the conditions that organizations seek to alleviate and thereby endanger the very children they intend to help


1. Introduction: NGO Economies of Affect: Humanitarianism and Childhood in Contemporary and Historical Perspective -- 2.The Orphan Industrial Complex: The Charitable Commodification of Children and its Consequences for Child Protection -- 3. Letting Girls Learn, Letting Girls Rise: Commodifying Girlhoods in Humanitarian Campaigns -- 4. Commodification in Multiple Registers: Child Workers, Child Consumers and Child Labor NGOs in India -- 5. A Tale of Two NGO Discourses: NGO Stories of Suffering Qur’anic School Children in Senegal -- 6. The Right to Play versus the Right to War? Vulnerable Childhood in Lebanon’s NGOization -- 7. Need Saving?/Saving Need: Intersecting Discourses on Urban Children, Families, and Need in a U.S. Faith-based Organization -- 8. Flattening Need and Steepening Responsibility: Navigating Access to Islands of Care for Children Living with HIV in Uganda -- 9. Forming a Humanitarian Brand: Childhood and Affect in Central Australia.

Economic development Youth in development Poverty Economic development—Environmental aspects Economic policy Development and Children. Development Aid. Development and Sustainability. Development Policy. Regional Development.


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