By Manfred Liebel
Kid's paintings is at the raise in all elements of the realm, together with the prosperous international locations of Europe and North the USA, and is heavily associated with the techniques of globalization. it could actually tackle generally differing types and will damage teenagers, but additionally gain them. This book's process is detailed: it endeavors to appreciate operating young ones, and their methods of residing and appearing, from their very own standpoint. it's attracted to the kid's personal stories and hopes, particularly their makes an attempt to talk out in public and to struggle jointly opposed to exploitation and discrimination. It exhibits that kids often see and review their paintings in a different way from adults, and that measures directed opposed to kid's paintings usually are not continuously within the pursuits of the kids. It argues for a brand new, subject-oriented strategy in facing kid's paintings, which takes account of socio-cultural contexts, either in conception and perform.
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The traditional system of the ‘extended family’ has certainly shown a remarkable capacity of absorption, but has in the meantime reached its limits and is no longer able to integrate the children. In many cases the ‘extended family’ consists only of grandparents, who will die before long. The orphaned children become a new type of working children. They no longer carry out particular restricted functions within the family, but must search on their own initiative for any kind of work in order to survive.
The ‘right to stay in the village’ claimed by them (see the ‘12 Rights’) is illustrated with the words: ‘We want to remain in our villages to develop the activities that allow us to be responsible for our own future. To do this, we must organise ourselves on the level of village assemblies’ (quoted in Liebel 2001e: 208). In Latin America, many clues can be found in the notes and records of working children attesting to the fact that the memory of the Indian traditions is still alive.
Further, this could result in speciﬁc characteristics and forms of action of children’s organizations in the various countries and regions under the inﬂuence of traditional cultures and attitudes to life, besides the features in common mentioned above. In order to approach these questions more closely, I will proceed in three stages. First, with recourse to the reﬂections of Alain Touraine (1994), I will critically reconstruct the ‘original’ concept of the subject, and investigate to what extent the children’s organizations implicitly identify with it.
A Will of Their Own: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Working Children by Manfred Liebel