The Global Victimization of Children

Problems and Solutions

by Clayton A. Hartjen,

​ This book describes the concept of child victimization in all its facets. Millions of young people throughout the world face violence, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and exploitation on a daily basis.  The worldwide victimization of young people can be prevented, or, at least, its incidence can be greatly reduced, if purposeful action is taken to do so.  This volume researches and documents some of the ways in which young people throughout the world are victimized, and suggests strategies for preventing various forms of child vistimization. Eight distinct forms of victimization are identified and analyzed in detail.  Included are discussions on child prostitution and pornography, economic exploitation through child labor and trafficking, physical and other abuse inflicted on young people in schools and other institutions, the use of children as armed combatants, and the denial of the basic needs and rights of children to such things as  home and to education. In each chapter the authors discuss the nature of the victimization, its global dimensions and prevalence, and the measures governments and/or others are taking, or failing to take, to combat the harm based on the concept that youth victimization is a form of government crime.
  • Springer New York; January 2012
  • ISBN 9781461421795
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: The Global Victimization of Children
  • Author: Clayton A. Hartjen; S. Priyadarsini
  • Imprint: Springer

In The Press

From the book reviews:

“The Global Victimization of Children is an introductory text on a range of worldwide child-specific social problems. … it has fulfilled its purpose of informing and motivating readers to work to reduce, prevent, and even eradicate problems. It will serve as a convenient one-stop introduction to major issues related to children and youth around the world for beginner students in fields of childhood and youth studies, as well as for policy-makers and activists.” (Xiaobei Chen, Asian Criminology, Vol. 9, 2014)

About The Author

Professor Clayton Hartjen, PhD, is a sociologist/ anthropologist with a special interest in juvenile delinquency. Professor Hartjen teaches courses in corrections and criminal justice at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Hartjen's expertise is in international and comparative criminology, with special emphasis on juvenile delinquency, criminological theory and corrections and social control. This includes comparative analysis of delinquency laws and corrections/judicial systems, as well as cross-national patterns of delinquent behavior. Clayton Hartjen received his Ph.D. from New York University.

Dr. S. Priyadarsini, PhD, who also teaches at Rutgers University, has completed a large scale survey of all publications on youth crime and juvenile justice published around the world over the past quarter century. She has conducted research on delinquency and juvenile justice in India and France. She is currently continuing analyses of information obtained from this research and completing a study of Indian women at the turn of the Twentieth Century. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Rutgers University.