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AdvisorChildren -- India:
AuthorViruru, Radhika
Available date2009-12-23T14:09:29Z
Publication Date2008
Publication NameContemporary Issues in Early Childhood
CitationRADHIKA VIRURU (2008) Childhood Labor in India: issues and complexities, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 9(3), 224-233
ISSN1463-9491
URIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2008.9.3.224
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10576/10428
AbstractIt 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.
Languageen
PublisherSymposium Journals, Ltd
Subjectchildren rights.
SubjectChildren labor
TitleChildhood Labor in India: issues and complexities
TypeArticle
TypePresentation


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