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Struggling with child domestic work: what can a postcolonial perspective offer?

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Abstract


  • Majority World working children's voices have attained some prominence in debates over their well-being. Many have defended their right to work, challenging Minority World understandings of children's ‘best’ interests. Yet employers' voices remain sidelined, raising questions over the extent to which the discursive and material spaces of children's work have been decolonised. A postcolonial perspective on children's work challenges suggestions that Majority World adults (and societies) need western guidance on how children ought to be raised. It also creates opportunities to look beyond western discourses of economic exploitation, to the potential for more-than-economic relationships between working children and their employers.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Klocker, N. (2014). Struggling with child domestic work: what can a postcolonial perspective offer?. Children's Geographies, 12 (4), 464-478.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84911996410

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2742&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1724

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 464

End Page


  • 478

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Majority World working children's voices have attained some prominence in debates over their well-being. Many have defended their right to work, challenging Minority World understandings of children's ‘best’ interests. Yet employers' voices remain sidelined, raising questions over the extent to which the discursive and material spaces of children's work have been decolonised. A postcolonial perspective on children's work challenges suggestions that Majority World adults (and societies) need western guidance on how children ought to be raised. It also creates opportunities to look beyond western discourses of economic exploitation, to the potential for more-than-economic relationships between working children and their employers.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Klocker, N. (2014). Struggling with child domestic work: what can a postcolonial perspective offer?. Children's Geographies, 12 (4), 464-478.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84911996410

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2742&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1724

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 464

End Page


  • 478

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom