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Latin America

Tobias Hecht

in Childhood Studies

ISBN: 9780199791231
Published online March 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199791231-0016
Latin America

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Children in Latin America have gradually come to attract the attention of researchers from a number of fields. Historians, for example, have examined the importance of the labor performed by children on the vessels that sailed to and from the Americas in the 16th century. Scholars of religion and history, for their part, have studied how children were used in the effort to implant the Catholic faith in the New World: The young were deemed apt for conversion, whereas adults often were not. Today, about 37 percent of Latin America’s population is age nineteen or under, and children work, study, worship, and have even been known to fight wars. Children are increasingly portrayed by scholars as integral parts of the larger sweep of history, economics, religion, and beyond. Emerging from diverse fields of the social sciences and humanities, the works in this bibliography attest to the growing importance of children in the study of Latin America. They also suggest how little explored childhood remains.

Article.  10224 words. 

Subjects: Development Studies

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