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Article: Discourses of education, protection, and child labor: Case studies of Benin, Namibia and Swaziland

TitleDiscourses of education, protection, and child labor: Case studies of Benin, Namibia and Swaziland
Authors
KeywordsAbuse
African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
Child labor
Discourse
Education
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Issue Date2010
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/01596306.asp
Citation
Discourse, 2010, v. 31 n. 5, p. 699-712 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article analyses discontinuities between local, national and international discourse in the fields of education, protection of children, and child labor, using Benin, Namibia and Swaziland as case studies. In Benin, child abuse and child labor are related to poverty, whereas in Namibia and Swaziland they are also interrelated with HIV/AIDS. In these countries, the notion of childhood is seen as continuous with adulthood, and the change from education to work is not abrupt and age-determined, but a smooth transition. The international discourse defines children in binary terms (child or adult), and promotes free and compulsory education for children, without recognizing the direct and indirect costs of education. Projects based on an international discourse may have little relevance in a poverty context where it is natural to make children work to ensure food safety. Local communities consider children from a logic of community survival; the external aid agencies consider them from a logic of individual children's rights. There is a need to find a bridge between these two interpretations of childhood. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/129403
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.019
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.649
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