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Children for Hire: The Perils of Child Labor in the United Statesby Marvin J. Levine
Synopses & Reviews
Despite popular belief, the problem of illegal child labor has not been remedied. The practice persists in the United States and even appears to be increasing. Levine, an acknowledged expert in the field, reveals the nature and magnitude of this old problem in today's economy. Levine explains that since 1981, there has been a relaxation in enforcement of federal child labor law provisions. He presents the complicated elements and troubling implications of a problem that has come to be ignored or overlooked in American society, focusing especially on matters of occupational health and safety. This book is important reading for the general public, as well as for scholars and policymakers involved with children's and labor issues in the United States.
The United States has more of its children in the workforce than any other developed country. They are found in textile, jewelry, and machine shops in New York and New Jersey, in Southeast supermarkets operating meat-cutting machines and paper-box bailers, in Washington state selling candy door-to-door, and in farming operations throughout the country.
Book News Annotation:
Levine (industrial relations, U. of Maryland) has written a gripping study of the prevalence of child labor in the US today, its laws, risks, and the lack of enforcement of child labor laws. Describing evidence of child labor in several contexts, including sweatshops, agriculture, and industry, Levine focuses on issues that include ineffective and outdated child labor laws, health and safety risks, the role of physicians in treating children, dropout rates from school, methods for including state and federal data collection, and specific aspects of agricultural labor that lead to injury. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Levine explains that since 1981, there has been a relaxation in enforcement of federal child labor law provisions in America. He presents the complicated elements and troubling implications of the problem, focusing especially on matters of occupational health and safety.
Levine presents the complicated elements and troubling implications of a problem that has come to be ignored or overlooked in American society, focusing especially on matters of occupational health and safety.
About the Author
MARVIN J. LEVINE is Professor of Industrial Relations, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He is the author or coauthor of ten earlier books, including Worker's Rights and Labor Standards in Asia's Four New Tigers.
Table of Contents
The Scope of the Problem
The Historical Context
The Legal Context
Occupational Safety and Health in Nonfarm Employment
Risks for Child Labor in Agriculture
Sweatshops and Corporate Codes of Conduct
The Impact of Child Labor Upon Education and Development
Remedies and Reflections
What Our Readers Are Saying
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