Childhood Labor in India: issues and complexities

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dc.contributor.author Viruru, Radhika
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-23T14:09:29Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-23T14:09:29Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation RADHIKA VIRURU (2008) Childhood Labor in India: issues and complexities, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 9(3), 224-233. http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2008.9.3.224 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1463-9491
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2008.9.3.224
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10576/10428
dc.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
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Symposium Journals en_US
dc.title Childhood Labor in India: issues and complexities en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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