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From the politics of poverty to the politics of identity? Child rights and working children in Bangladesh

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  • Sarah C. White

    (Department of Economics and International Development, University of Bath, Bath, UK)

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Drawing on primary research in development organizations and with working children themselves, this paper questions the logic of child rights, and its validity for the cultural context of Bangladesh. A strong stress on child rights at the programme level may not be sustainable and can have contradictory outcomes for poor children. Working children place a premium on the quality of relationships and show a strong sense of (in)justice and entitlement. This suggests 'child rights' work should re-examine the cultural constitution of entitlements and responsibilities and how these intermesh with the material, social and political factors that make and keep children poor. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Sarah C. White, 2002. "From the politics of poverty to the politics of identity? Child rights and working children in Bangladesh," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(6), pages 725-735.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:14:y:2002:i:6:p:725-735
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.919
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    Cited by:

    1. Stuart C. Aitken & Thomas Herman, 2009. "Literature Review on Qualitative Methods and Standards for Engaging and Studying Independent Children in the Developing World," Papers inwopa09/63, Innocenti Working Papers.
    2. Sarah C. White, 2002. "Being, becoming and relationship: conceptual challenges of a child rights approach in development," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(8), pages 1095-1104.
    3. Caroline Harper, 2002. "Recent approaches to understanding policy and action for eradicating childhood poverty," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(8), pages 1075-1079.

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