Childhood Labor in India: issues and complexities

Show simple item record Viruru, Radhika en_US
date.accessioned 2009-12-23T14:09:29Z en_US
date.available 2009-12-23T14:09:29Z en_US
date.issued 2008 en_US
identifier.citation RADHIKA VIRURU (2008) Childhood Labor in India: issues and complexities, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 9(3), 224-233 en_US
identifier.issn 1463-9491 en_US
identifier.uri en_US
identifier.uri en_US
description.abstract It is estimated that more than 12 million children in India under the age of 14 engage in paid labor at least part time, due mostly to economic reasons. Dominant discourses about childhood however conceptualize childhood labor not only as unethical but as exploitation. This article explored will the tensions between Western notions of childhood (within which paid labor is considered taboo) and the realities of children's lives in India, arguing that childhood labor must be contextualized and understood not only as a colonial legacy but also as part of its socio-cultural context. The author argues that separating children from the world of work fosters a culture of childhood that emphasizes entitlement over participation and privileges the rights of the consumer over children's rights as citizens. en_US
language.iso en en_US
publisher Symposium Journals, Ltd en_US
title Childhood Labor in India: issues and complexities en_US
type Article en_US
type Presentation en_US

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