Learning and earning: relational scales of children's work

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Abstract:

There is an important dissonance in recent studies of children's work between the global efforts to eradicate abusive forms of child labour on the one hand and, on the other hand, local settings where children's work plays an important role in social reproduction, socialization and skill acquisition. This research explores the reasons for this dissonance by eliding both the global perspectives of children's rights and the local realities of children's daily geographies. By closing the gap between global knowledge about children (from above) and children's knowledge and agency in their own environments (from below), we seek to present a relational account of children's work within the context of their daily geographies. We draw on data collected with child workers in Tijuana, Mexico to demonstrate the complex role that children's work often plays in the daily geographies of young people.

Keywords: Tijuana; agency; children; resilience; scale; work

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2006.00693.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EN, Email: joel_jennings@gatesscholar.org 2: Department of Geography, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-4493, USA 3: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Departamento de Estudios de Población, Tijuana, B. C. México, C.P. 22320

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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