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Gendered Work And Schooling In Rural Ethiopia: Exploring Working Children’s Perspectives

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This chapter explores how shifts in the livelihood strategies of peasant households alter the work patterns of children, with particular emphasis on the spatial contexts of their exploitation, their perspectives of gendered work, and how they combine work with schooling in Ethiopia. The chapter begins by presenting three competing theories of children's work/child labour, namely child labour as a problem; socio-cultural perspectives on work; and the political economy of child labour. It discusses the methods used to gain insights into the lives of working children and argue in favour of the ethical significance of listening to their (gendered) views on what they deem to be vital for their everyday lives. The chapter discusses the children's participation in diverse forms of economic activities in rural agricultural settings, situating these within ongoing debates in childhood studies concerning the social, cultural, economic, geographical and political contexts of child labour.

Keywords: child labour; gendered work; rural Ethiopia



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