Minor Omissions: Children in Latin American History and Society

Minor Omissions: Children in Latin American History and Society

by Tobias Hecht (Editor)

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Overview

Latin American history—the stuff of wars, elections, conquests, inventions, colonization, and all those other events and processes attributed to adults—has also been lived and partially forged by children. Taking a fresh look at Latin American and Caribbean society over the course of more than half a millennium, this book explores how the omission of children from the region's historiography may in fact be no small matter.
    Children currently make up one-third of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean, and over the centuries they have worked, played, worshipped, committed crimes, and fought and suffered in wars. Regarded as more promising converts to the Christian faith than adults, children were vital in European efforts to invent loyal subjects during the colonial era. In the contemporary economies of Latin America and the Caribbean—where 23 percent of people live on a dollar per day or less—the labor of children may spell the difference between survival and starvation for millions of households.
    Minor Omissions brings together scholars of history, anthropology, religion, and art history as well as a talented young author who has lived in the streets of a Brazilian city since the age of nine. The book closes with the prophetic dystopian tale "The Children's Rebellion" by the noted Uruguayan writer Cristina Peri Rossi.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299180300
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 09/17/2002
Series: Living in Latin America Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tobias Hecht is the author of At Home in the Street: Street Children of Northeast Brazil. A freelance writer, editor, and literary translator, he holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction3
1.Sketches of Childhood: Children in Colonial Andean Art and Society21
2.Model Children and Models for Children in Early Mexico52
3.Historical Perspectives on Illegitimacy and Illegitimates in Latin America72
4.Down and Out in Havana: Foundlings in Eighteenth-Century Cuba102
5.Minor Offenses: Youth, Crime, and Law in Eighteenth-Century Lima114
6.The State, the Family, and Marginal Children in Latin America139
7.The Child-Saving Movement in Brazil: Ideology in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries165
8.How Haitian Artists Disclose Childhood of All Ages181
9.Victims, Heroes, Enemies: Children in Central American Wars215
10.August232
11.Children and Contemporary Latin America242
The Children's Rebellion251
Glossary273
Contributors275

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