Abandoned Children

Author: Rachel Ginnis Fuchs
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0873957482
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In nineteenth-century France, parents abandoned their children in overwhelming numbers up to 20 percent of live births in the Parisian area. The infants were left at state-run homes and were then transferred to rural wet nurses and foster parents. Their chances of survival were slim, but with alterations in state policy, economic and medical development, and changing attitudes toward children and the family, their chances had significantly improved by the end of the century. Rachel Fuchs has drawn on newly discovered archival sources and previously untapped documents of the Paris foundling home in order to depict the actual conditions of abandoned children and to reveal the bureaucratic and political response. This study traces the evolution of French social policy from early attempts to limit welfare to later efforts to increase social programs and influence family life. Abandoned Children illuminates in detail the family life of nineteenth-century French poor. It shows how French social policy with respect to abandoned children sought to create an economically useful and politically neutral underclass out of a segment of the population that might otherwise have been an economic drain and a potential political threat."

Abandoned Children

Author: Catherine Panter-Brick
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521775558
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This book is a collection on abandoned children illustrating the need to contextualise their position in particular cultural situations.


Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0545387698
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New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld. Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

An Abandoned Mind

Author: Charlotte Harrispeglerpegler
Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing ltd
ISBN: 9781847477019
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DescriptionDr Harry Crow, about whose work you will read in this honest and compelling story, often used to refer to people with severe obessive compulsive disorder (OCD) as being 'hag-ridden' by their disease. This term gives the reader some inkling of the sort of battle which Charlotte Harris has had to fight in order to emerge, so successfully, from her illness. The bravery which people who have OCD need, in order to face the world and continue to be in it, is demonstrated amply in these pages. Charlotte underwent a form of treatment, multi focal leukocoagulation, which is no longer performed. All forms of what were then called 'psychosurgery' have become almost entirely unfashionable and are sometimes seen as some form of torture carried out on people who simply have 'mental health issues'. This is so far from the truth as to be laughable and Charlotte's account is an important testimony to the error of that view. Her illness was terrible and disabling and called for extraordinary measures. Charlotte's bravery and good spirit carried her through and her partnership and eventual marriage to Ian has been a vital support to her. Ian, and indeed Charlotte, have seen the pschyosurgical operation as, at the time, lifesaving and think, in many ways, it was. It allowed Charlotte enough of herself to come through and do battle with those'hags' of mental illness. Ian's theory that 'by means of love and care we are re-opening the good parts of the brain' seem very true; indeed, with new functional imaging techniques we are starting to understand how the mind within the brain may operate and how it is affected by others about whom we care. The reader will find this a fascinating and unusual story written with honesty and wit. It is a story of a life-long battle with OCD and the history of the treatment of such mental illnesses over the last forty or more years. It is also a heart-warming story of fortitude and of love which has, more or less, a happy ending. About the AuthorCharlotte Harris was born in Lancashire in 1943 and was sent to Dr. Barnado's at the age of 6 months. She was put up for adoption at the age of 4 years and endured a very unhappy childhood at the hands of cruel foster parents. As a result of this she has been plagued with a cocktail of severe mental illnesses every since. To have lived with the consequences of an obsessional neurosis, manic depression, anxiety and a phobia against children is enough for anyone to combat and ease these illnesses she takes a high dosage of drugs which keep her well enough to live a reasonable life. In the 1970's her illnesses became so acute when she was diagnosed as a 'psycho-manic'. At this stage surgery was considered the best attempt at a partial cure. She underwent a pre-frontal lobe leucotomy and this eased her distress by around 50%. The other 50% is controlled by drugs to this day, Despite this huge burden to bear, Charlotte has a wonderful sunny nature which shines through in her book To add to this, Charlotte has recently successfully survived breast cancer. This is a poignant and moving tale.

The Abandoned Baobab

Author: Ken Bugul
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813927374
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Abandoned by her mother and sent to live with relatives in Dakar, the author tells of being educated in the French colonial school system, where she comes gradually to feel alienated from her family and Muslim upbringing, growing enamored with the West. Academic success gives her the opportunity to study in Belgium, which she looks upon as a "promised land." There she is objectified as an exotic creature, however, and she descends into promiscuity, alcohol and drug abuse, and, eventually, prostitution. (It was out of concern on her editor's part about her candor that the author used the pseudonym Ken Bugul, the Wolof phrase for "the person no one wants.") Her return to Senegal, which concludes the book, presents her with a past she cannot reenter, a painful but necessary realization as she begins to create a new life there.

And Now My Soul Is Hardened

Author: Alan M. Ball
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520918398
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Warfare, epidemics, and famine left millions of Soviet children homeless during the 1920s. Many became beggars, prostitutes, and thieves, and were denizens of both secluded underworld haunts and bustling train stations. Alan Ball's study of these abandoned children examines their lives and the strategies the government used to remove them from the streets lest they threaten plans to mold a new socialist generation. The "rehabilitation" of these youths and the results years later are an important lesson in Soviet history.

The Abandoned Narcotic

Author: Ron Brunton
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 0521373751
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In this book, Ron Brunton attempts to explain the strange geographical distribution of kava, a narcotic drink once widely consumed by south-west Pacific islanders.