Endangered and Transformative Childhood in Caribbean Small Island Developing States

  • Aldrie Henry-Lee

Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 217-220

About this book


This book examines childhood in four Caribbean SIDS (Barbados, Jamaica, Haiti and St. Lucia). Through the analysis of primary and secondary data, the author reveals that children in Caribbean SIDS experience an endangered childhood. The intrinsic characteristics of SIDs, including susceptibility to climate change, and high levels of poverty, indebtedness and inequality, Henry-Lee argues, increase the vulnerability of children. Furthermore, duty bearers are not adequately investing in children, private and public spaces are not child-friendly, and children’s rights are violated daily. Endangered and Transformative Childhood in Caribbean Small Island Developing States shows that children are therefore at risk of being left behind in the fulfilment of the UN2030 Agenda and that the Convention of the Rights of the Child (1989) lacks enforceable sanctions. Unless a radical transformation of childhood takes place, the prosperity and viability of Caribbean SIDS will remain elusive for generations to come. Students, scholars and policy-makers with an interest in childhood studies, children’s rights, and social policy will find this book a valuable read.

Aldrie Henry-Lee is Professor of Social Policy and University Director at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies (Mona Campus).


Child Rights youth studies childhood studies sociology of childhood SIDS Jamaica Haiti St. Lucia Barbados

Authors and affiliations

  • Aldrie Henry-Lee
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  1. 1.University of the West Indies, Mona CampusSir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES)KingstonJamaica

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25567-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25568-8
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