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Key thinkers in childhood studies$
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Carmel Smith and Sheila Greene

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308072

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308072.001.0001

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Judith Ennew

Judith Ennew

(p.79) Eight Judith Ennew
Key thinkers in childhood studies

Carmel Smith

Sheila Greene

Policy Press

In this interview with Dr Judith Ennew, undertaken shortly before her untimely death in Kuala Lumpur in October 2013, Judith Ennew offers a potted history of her work from 1979 onwards as an activist, academic, consultant, and children’s researcher in almost 100 countries. She discusses her interests ranging from the anti-slavery movement, child workers, street children and child sexual exploitation through to her more recent focus on statelessness. She explains her commitment to research in the Global South and the need to develop models of research that work and are relevant to the majority of the world’s children, rather than imposing models from the Global North. She is adamant that systematic research and large-scale statistical work are essential in order to influence power brokers and policy makers and urges new people entering the field of childhood studies to think in terms of children’s rights rather than children’s welfare.

Keywords:   anti-slavery, activist, child workers, street children, child sexual exploitation, statelessness, children’s rights, children’s welfare, Global South, research

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