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Children's Contribution to Household Labour in Three Sociocultural Contexts: A Southern Indian Village, a Norwegian Town and a Canadian City

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Using cross-cultural data, this paper explores the extent and nature of children's participation in household labour in three social settings: a Southern-Indian fishing village, a Norwegian town and a Canadian large urban centre. It examines the gender division of domestic labour among children and compares children's contributions to that of adults. Children's household production was always a structural necessity for the maintenance of rural households. However, in the past three decades, as households in urban-industrial societies are restructuring, children's participation became indispensable.


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