Orphans: A History (Hardcover)

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Orphans have often been beneficiaries of charity and compassion--but society has also punished, abused and ill-treated them. Attitudes behind this maltreatment are rooted in ideas that those without parents are disruptive, malevolent, and in need of discipline.
Drawing on historic documents, interviews and memoirs, Jeremy Seabrook charts history's changing and often loose definitions of orphans, and explores their many makers--from natural or man-made catastrophes to the State, charity, and other social forces that have separated children, especially
the poor, from their close kin.
But this history is not only one of suffering: Orphans also reveals the uncounted millions taken in and loved by relatives, neighbors or strangers. Freed from constraints and driven by insecurity, many orphans--including Nelson Mandela, Marilyn Monroe and Steve Jobs--have led remarkable lives.

About the Author

Jeremy Seabrook is the author of more than forty books on subjects as diverse as transnational prostitution, child labour, social class, ageing, unemployment and poverty. His most recent include Pauperland: Poverty and the Poor in Britain and The Song of the Shirt: The High Price of Cheap Garments, from Blackburn to Bangladesh, which won the Bread and Roses Prize for Radical Publishing in 2016.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781849049429
ISBN-10: 1849049424
Publisher: Hurst & Co.
Publication Date: November 1st, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English