Dominant discourses, debates and silences on child labour in Africa and Asia

Date

2011

Authors

Abebe, Tatek
Bessell, Sharon

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Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Abstract

Drawing on the relevant literature, this article explores key debates and controversies on child labour in the context of Africa and Asia. It first identifies and analyses three dominant discourses on child labour: 1) the work free childhoods perspective; 2) the socio-cultural perspective; and 3) the political economy perspective. Against the backdrop of these discourses, the article goes on to critically examine aspects of child labour that are underrepresented in the literature and in international policy circles. It concludes by highlighting the importance of grounding children's gendered work within the complex material social practices of interconnected histories and geographies in which their livelihoods unfold.

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Keywords: child labor; child welfare; labor market; labor standard; labor supply; socioeconomic status; Africa; article; Asia; child; child welfare; economics; education; employment; ethnology; history; human; legal aspect; psychological aspect; public health; soci

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Third World Quarterly

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1080/01436597.2011.567007

Restricted until

2037-12-31