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Title:Child labour or child work? Whither policy
Author:Muzvidziwa, Victor NgonidzasheISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:22
Issue:1
Pages:23-33
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:child labour
working conditions
children's rights
labour policy
law
poverty
Abstract:Based on anthropological research on working children in Zimbabwe, the argument presented in this paper is not whether or not children should work, for the focus should rather be on the conditions under which they work. Often, in poor countries children have to work as a survival strategy. The role of children in poor households demands that they work as a way to ensure household survival. The problematic of child work has policy implications and is something that poor countries need to address taking their specific situations into account instead of embracing policies based on Northern definitions, perceptions and notions of childhood. Child work can be seen as a legitimate activity and an acceptable face of poverty in poor countries. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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