Childhood in South Asia

Edited by:
Jyotsna Pattnaik, California State University, Long Beach

A volume in the series: Research in Global Child Advocacy. Editor(s): Ilene R. Berson, University of South Florida. Michael J. Berson, University of South Florida.

Published 2006

The book has drawn an interdisciplinary pool of authors, some of whom are natives of South Asian countries and others who have been involved extensively in the region through their affiliations with various international organizations. The book represents children's issues in six South Asian countries: India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The authors in the book critically examine issues facing children in South Asia, reveal inadequacies of governmental policies and programs for children, and offer vision for a better childhood for South Asia's children. The United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNCRC, serves as a framework for the book.

Introduction: Rethinking Children and Childhood in South Asia, Jyotsna Pattnaik. Caught Between a Crocodile and a Snake: Childhood in a Rohingya Refugee Camp, Bangladesh, Thomas Feeny. Understanding Childhood Disability in India, Neerja Sharma. Mad Dogs and Traffic Jams: The Psychosocial Concerns of Children in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jo De Berry. Reaching the Unreached: Early Childhood Intervention in India, Vrinda Datta. Sri Lankan Child's Optimal Growth and Development: Early Care in Exceptional Circumstances, Indranie Dharmadasa and Vinitha Wickramaratna. Ensuring Infant and Maternal Health in India: Towards Convergence of Family Care with Formal Health Care, Rajalaksmi Sriram. A Critical Examination of the Status of the Female Child in Pakistan, Shaireen Rasheed. Children: Broken Promises and Silent Casualties of Conflict in Nepal, Tara Niraula. Repositioning South Asia’s Children within the Competing Discourses on Childhood: Implications for Policy, Jyotsna Pattnaik.