From the skyrocketing AIDS rate in Haiti to the oppressive pollution in industrial China, from the violent street culture of Nigeria to the crippling poverty in Nicaragua, from child trafficking in Thailand to child marriages in India, this jam-packed six-volume set explores all these issues and more in an unprecedented look at the world's children at the dawn of the 21st century. In recent years, while many countries have enjoyed a higher standard of living and improved working conditions, others have been torn apart by war and incapacitated by famine, and are struggling to improve life for their children and their future. Recent concern over the world's children has resulted in a global attempt to define what constitutes an acceptable childhood. New attention has been paid, not only to healthcare and secondary education, but also to the right to play and increased access to technology. The UN's codification of children's rights has done much to expand our understanding of what is needed for healthy growth and development of children and youth. Organized by region, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children's Issues Worldwide is the first globally focused set of this magnitude, offering extensive, up-to-date coverage of these critical issues. Original chapters accessibly synthesize current data on key topics, including education, play and recreation, child labor, family, health, laws and legal status, religious life, abuse and neglect, and growing up in the 21st century.
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From the skyrocketing AIDS rate in Haiti to child marriages in India, this six-volume set examines the most critical issues facing the world's children today.About the Author:
Irving Epstein, Professor of Educational Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University, has published two edited volumes, Chinese Education: Problems, Policies, and Prospects (1991) and Recapturing the Personal: Essays on Education and Embodied Knowledge in Comparative Perspective (2007), and served as an associate editor of the Comparative Education Review from 1988-1998. His interests include Asian education, educational policies involving street children, and issues of social theory.
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