The exploitation of child performers throughout history

Entertaining Children: The Participation of Youth in the Entertainment Industry, edited By Dr Gillian Arrighi and Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow.

Entertaining ChildrenPart of the Palgrave McMillan series: Studies in Theatre and Performance History, this book offers a fascinating scholarly investigations into the employment and participation of children in the entertainment industry with examples drawn from historical and contemporary contexts.

Children have been exploited as performers and wooed energetically as consumers throughout history. 

These thrusts have brought managers and parents into conflict with legislators who have attempted to control such exploitation, often the result of preconceived ideas about the role of children and childhood in their cultural contexts.

In addition to British and North American perspectives, the contributors encompass practices in Australasia, Italy, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, and mainland China, spanning from the eighteenth century to the interwar years and contemporary twenty-first century practices.

This thought-provoking read will offer fresh insights into the utilisation of children as performers and theatre workers across many cultures.

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Book launch

Entertaining Children The Participation of Youth in the Entertainment Industry will be officially launched by Professor Caroline McMillen, Vice Chancellor of the University of Newcastle on Wednesday 13 August 2014.