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Professor Dr Manfred Liebel

Dr Manfred

Independent researcher, Germany



Manfred Liebel sees himself as an “unruly academic”, who always tries to go beyond the boundaries of the ivory tower of the university and to understand his teaching and research work as part of a political engagement and tool of political practice. Since his academic training in sociology and public law and his doctorate in philosophy he worked as professor of sociology at the Berlin University of Technology with a particular interest in disadvantaged children and youth in different parts of the world. Since the late 1980s he has been involved as a collaborator of the Working Children's Movements (NNATs) in Latin America, Africa and India. He emphasises that he has learned a lot from them and continues to do so. He is the founder of the international Master's in Childhood Studies and Child Rights at the Free University of Berlin and continues now as honorary professor and patron of the same Master's at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany.



A Will of Their Own: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Working Children. Zed books, 2004

Children's Rights from Below: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Niñez y Justicia Social. Pehuén Editores (Santiago de Chile), 2013

Kinderinteressen. Zwischen Paternalismus und Partizipation. Beltz-Juventa, 2015

Decolonizing Childhoods: From Exclusion to Dignity. Policy Press, 2020

Unerhört. Kinder und Macht. Beltz-Juventa, 2020

Infancias Dignas, o cómo descolonizarse. Ifejant (Lima), Bajo Tierra Ediciones (Mexico) & El Colectivo (Buenos Aires), 2019/20

Kindheit und Arbeit. Wege zum besseren Verständnis arbeitender Kinder (Second Edition). Barbara Budrich, 2020

La Niñez Popular. Intereses, derechos y protagonismos de los niños y niñas. Los Libros de la Catarata (Madrid), 2021


Intercultural childhood and youth studies, working children/child work, children's rights, post- and decolonial studies, social movements
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