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Das "Verdingkind": Eine terminologische Annäherung

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (non peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2014
Author Weber Gianna Virginia,
Project Das Schweizer Verdingkinderwesen in den Kantonen Zürich, Bern und Basel (20. Jh.) - ein Vergleich (Arbeitstitel)
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Original article (non peer-reviewed)

Journal Itinera
Volume (Issue) 36
Page(s) 249 - 258
Title of proceedings Itinera

Open Access

Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


This article aims at considering an appropriate, historiographical term for a specifically Swiss form of foster care in non-relative foster families entailing a later work contract. Taking into account the actual living conditions of the children in question, I argue in favour of the expression „Verdingkind“. In order to satisfy the semantic facets of this ancient phrase and the local peculiarity of this historical phenomenon, I plead for a citing application of „Verdingkind“. In the course of a current translation into English, I favour its (admittedly arduous) periphrasis as „indentured child servant in Switzerland“.