The Orphan Industrial Complex: Charitable Commodification and its Consequences for Child Protection | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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The Orphan Industrial Complex: Charitable Commodification and its Consequences for Child Protection

November 15, 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Kristen Cheney

In her book, Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV and AIDS, Kristen 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.

Kristen Cheney is Associate Professor of Children and Youth Studies for the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Dr. Cheney’s research deals with children’s survival strategies amidst difficult circumstances and the politics of humanitarian intervention for such children, mainly in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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