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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Document Type: Research Article
Norwegian Centre for Child Research,Norwegian University of Sciences and Technology, N-7491Trondheim, Norway
Crawford School of Economics and Government, College of Asia and the Pacific,Australian National University, CanberraACT0200, Australia
Publication date: 01 May 2011
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