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Enslaved Innocence: Child labour in South Asia

Shakti Kak (Editor) Biswamoy Pati (Editor)

Enslaved Innocence: Child Labour in South Asia explores the historical, economic, and social factors surrounding the issue of child labour. It is often argued that child labour is the result of under development, large families, or cultural practices. This volume attempts to highlight the structural factors in capitalist societies that have made such exploitation possible, and to place the issue of child labour in a theoretical framework relating to capitalist modes of production and the need for the generation of surplus for capital accumulation. Extremely exploitative labour processes bring out the supply and demand factors of child labour. The persistence of child labour in an era of high growth and high unemployment levels amongst adult men and women points to an economic system based heavily on exploitative labour relations.

As we move further into the twenty-first century, the existence of child labour in the world is a reality which must be faced. It is within this context that the present volume takes into consideration the changing global economic conditions and focuses on issues and strategies for the eradication of child labour.

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About the authors

Shakti Kak

Shakti Kak teaches Economics at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi. Her research concerns include gender, labour, employment and poverty.

Biswamoy Pati

Biswamoy Pati teachers at the Department of History, Sri Venkateswara college, University of Delhi. He is the author of Resisting Domination: Peasant, Tribals and the National Movement in Orissa, 1920-1950 (1993), Situating Social History: Orissa, 1800-1997 (2001) and Identity, Hegemony, Resistance: Towards a Social History of Conversions in India, 1800-2000 (2003). He has edited Turbulent Times: India, 1940-44 (1998) and Issues in Modern Indian History: for Sumit Sarkar (2000), and co-edited Health, Medicine and Empire: Perspectives on Colonial India (2001).

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Title Enslaved Innocence: Child labour in South Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.05.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Primus Books
Language: English
isbn 9789380607306
length x+334p.