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

  • 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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    Volume (Year): 14 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 725-735

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:14:y:2002:i:6:p:725-735
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