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Anthropology and Child Labour

Nanjunda D C (Author)
Synopsis The issue of child labour is a worldwide phenomenon and it exists in almost all the countries of this planet. Meanwhile it is very sad to write that India is one among the nations in the world, which has the unique distinction of being a large employer of child labour. The argument was that it was the industrialized west which advocated free trade against socialist controls. But when the third world needed to minimize the social cost of structural adjustment by "adopting the appropriate social security measures" in the wake of economic reforms, the demand for labour and environment to influence terms of work trade would be seen as a dangerous move towards "extra-territorial laws". Social issues relating to employment, development of skills, elimination of child labour and upgrading of skills are linked to a society's prosperity. They cannot be made part of "extra-territorial" laws since these issues are linked to a country's overall economic and social structure.

A survey of case studies of child labour in India concludes the the relation of child labour and poverty is ambiguous. This reinforces the fact that child labour and schooling are not strict "opposites", so that policies directed at reducing child labour may not imply that more children are in school. Conversely, investing in schools may not draw children out of labour.

The empirical literature is now quite vast, including studies from a number of countries in each continent. A striking feature of this literature is the sheer variety of results that it has produced. It is unclear whether this reflects the diversity of country experiences of child labour or whether, instead, it reflects weaknesses in methodology. This book will be highly useful for policy makers, NGOs, faculties, research students, development agencies and the general public interested in studying the growing problem of child labour in the society.
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About the author

Nanjunda D C

Dr. Nanjunda D.C. is associated with Center for Rural Policy Innovation and Management-Coorg District-Karnataka.  He has done M.Phil., B.Ed., and Ph.D., (Anthropology) from University of Mysore (Karnataka) and PG Diploma in Higher Education from KSOU University of Karnataka.  He has few research papers and book review and seminar papers to his credit.  He has worked on few research projects also.  He is an active member of few national and international professional organizations.  His field of interest is development management, policy analysis, and research and education.  He has edited five books to his credit.

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Bibliographic information

Title Anthropology and Child Labour
Author Nanjunda D C
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.10.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183242782
length xvi+404 p., Tables.