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ERIC Number: EJ885463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
Assembling Webs of Support: Child Domestic Workers in India
Wasiuzzaman, Shaziah; Wells, Karen
Children & Society, v24 n4 p282-292 Jul 2010
This paper uses ethnographic and qualitative interview data with Muslim child domestic workers, their families and employers to investigate the social ties between young workers and their employers. Our analysis shows that working-class families use children's domestic work with middle-class families as part of a web of resources to protect them from economic shocks and to enable them to afford to meet the cost of social obligations. We show that in this particular context, a town in Uttar Pradesh in north India, hiring domestic workers locks employers into relations of social obligation with their employees and their families. We conclude that these webs of support are enabled precisely because the domestic workers are children and not adults; their status as children makes it possible for the labour contract to be mystified and reconfigured as a social relationship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India