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Out of Place? Swedish Children's Perspectives on their Participation on the Labour Market
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2006 (English)In: Childhood and Youth: Participation and Choice,2006, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Law in great parts of the world ban child labour. In Sweden of today, a general idea of childhood seems to be that childhood is and should be a phase of life free from work. Labour laws regulate children-s access to the labour market and compulsory school attendance places children in demarcated school areas. From a societal point of view, children are -out of place- when it comes to work. However, investigations and research show that children often work in their spare time outside of school. Children deliver papers, hand out advertisement leaflets, and go around from door to door selling various things etc. It has been shown that children-s work in Sweden creates considerable profit to the companies that employ children. Despite this, children are seldom categorised as workers and their activities seldom as work. This paper is based on an ongoing ethnographic study of children and work in two Swedish communities and provides an analysis of children-s experiences of work. In this paper, I use the children-s perspectives and argue that working children are not out of place. Rather participation in work is a common and natural part of childhood.   

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35927Local ID: 29086OAI: diva2:256775
1st International Conference: Childhood and Youth, Choice and Participation, 4th-6th July, Sheffield, UK
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2012-10-11Bibliographically approved

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