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Title:Child Labor in the Context of Globalisation in Nigeria
Author:Anugworm, Edlyne E.
Periodical:African Anthropologist (ISSN 1024-0969)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:child labour
Labor and Employment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
Abstract:This paper argues that the incidence of child labour in Nigeria has been heightened by globalization, particularly the economic rationalism underlying it. Globalization, manifested initially in the guise of the adjustment programme in Nigeria in the mid-1980s, has since grown to include the so-called post-adjustment policies of privatisation, deregulation, minimal state role or liberalization. The paper argues that child labour has thus taken a new dimension in Nigeria, in that the children engaged in it are the product of the coincidence between economic hardship or poverty and the survival of the family. Policies aimed at eradicating or reducing child labour must also aim at improving the economic status of urban households. Therefore, the pursuit of an extreme economical and rational globalization can hinder efforts at curbing child labour. The panacea may be for the government to adopt a globalization regime that allows larger roles for the State in social provisioning. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]