Child Trafficking, Youth Labour Mobility and the Politics of Protection

  • Neil Howard

Part of the Palgrave Studies on Children and Development book series (PSCD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Neil Howard
    Pages 129-134
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 135-178

About this book


This book provides the first overarching, empirically grounded, critical analysis of child trafficking as an idea, ordering principle, and artefact of politics. It examines (once) hegemonic anti-child trafficking discourse, policy and practice, and does so by placing secondary literature from around the world in conversation the author’s paradigmatic case study of the situation in southern Benin. It deconstructs the child trafficking paradigm, contrasts it with ‘real’ histories of child and youth labour and mobility, and seeks to explain it by going ‘inside’ the anti-trafficking field. In doing so, Howard tells a gripping story of ideology at work. 


Post-structuralist discourse theory Political anthropology Development ethnography Ideology Western Childhood ideology Neoliberalism 'Ideal State' ideology Anti-trafficking discourse Anti-trafficking policy UN Convention on the Rights of the Chld United Nations ILO Palermo Protocol Kidnapping Enslavement Benin

Authors and affiliations

  • Neil Howard
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Development Policy and ManagementEuropean University Institute in FlorenceItaly

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