Hidden Heads of Households: Child Labor in Urban Northeast Brazil

By Mary Kenny

21 ratings - 3.76* vote

In the cities of Northeast Brazil where 50 per cent of the population lives in poverty, children play a key role in the local economy--in their households, in formal jobs, and in the thriving informal sector (washing cars, shining shoes, scavenging for recyclables, etc.). Why children migrate to the city, how they negotiate their existence, and why they stay are just some In the cities of Northeast Brazil where 50 per cent of the population lives in poverty, children play a key role in the

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Book details

Paperback, 144 pages
August 1st 2008 by University of Toronto Press

(first published January 1st 2007)

ISBN
1442600845 (ISBN13: 9781442600843)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Tamara

Very good discussion of child labor in Brazil. I think that Kenny managed to keep a subjective stance throughout the whole thing, so her observations are legit.

James Vescovi

I've used this book in my English classes (in a nonfiction unit) as an example of great research and balanced writing. Students are instantly attracted to the plight of children in Brazil's slums and want to know more. Kenny's writing is accessible, and the book well illustrated with photos the author took of her subjects over the years she did her research. Best of all, this book is NOT political--neither the Leftie claptrap of the "West's colonial sins" nor the right-wing "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" credo. It's clear the author has affection for her subjects, sees them as humans, not as pawns in a book that'll help her get tenure. I recommend this for any college classes and upper level high schoolers.

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