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Author Viruru, Radhikaen_US
Available date 2009-12-23T14:09:29Zen_US
Publication Date 2008en_US
Publication Name Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Citation RADHIKA VIRURU (2008) Childhood Labor in India: issues and complexities, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 9(3), 224-233en_US
ISSN 1463-9491en_US
URI http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2008.9.3.224en_US
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10576/10428en_US
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 enen_US
Publisher Symposium Journals, Ltden_US
Subject children rights.
Subject Children labor
Title Childhood Labor in India: issues and complexitiesen_US
Type Articleen_US
Type Presentationen_US


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