Contemporary Trends in Global & International Studies will be held at 2017 Dunton Tower, Carleton University
Contemporary Trends in Global & International Studies
The Orphan Industrial Complex: Charitable Commodification and its Consequences for Child Protection.
A talk by Dr. Kristen E. Cheney, Associate Professor of Children and Youth Studies for the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands.
In her new book, Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV and AIDS, Cheney argues that the misidentification of “orphans” as a category for development and humanitarian intervention has subsequently been misappropriated by many Western individuals and charitable organizations, resulting in an ‘orphan industrial complex’ that problematically commoditizes children as targets for charitable intervention—particularly in the global south.
The discourse and practice of “orphan rescue” drives the “production” of orphans as objects for particular kinds of intervention that are counter to established international standards of child protection.
In this presentation, Cheney will explain the concept of the orphan industrial complex: how it works and what its consequences are for children, families, and child protection systems.
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