Born Unfree: Child Labour, Education, and the State

Hardcover | February 4, 2007

byMyron Weiner, Neera Burra, Asha Bajpai

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It has been twenty years since the Indian Parliament passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986. Yet more children work as labourers in India than in any other country in the world. This Omnibus brings together three significant works on child labour focusing on the keyfactors which create an exploitative relationship between the economy and the children of the poor and the marginalized.In an Introduction written especially for this Omnibus, Neera Burra points out that there are definitional issues around the very concept of child labour and suggests that insights from feminist economics can help illuminate them; only then can we form an accurate picture of the role of child labourin the economy. In addition, she examines the strategy of different groups who have successfully worked against child labour. She argues that child labour can only be reduced when civil society and the state work together to get children out of work and into school.In The Child and the State, Myron Weiner argues that it is not India's poverty which prevents the introduction of universal primary education and the banning of child labour, rather it is lack of political will and the 'belief systems' prevalent in Indian society. Born to Work is based on first-hand field investigations into the employment of child labour in five industries: brassware, gem polishing, lock-making, pottery, and glass manufacture. Neera Burra documents the hazards that these children face and argues that working from a young age leads to ashortened working life. Thus, child labour is not only a consequence of poverty, but also a major cause of it.In Child Rights in India, Asha Bajpai provides a detailed overview of the rights of the child in domestic and international law, with a detailed analysis of case law. The chapter excerpted here is devoted to the 'Right Against Economic Exploitation' and includes an examination of various governmentschemes and NGO interventions, as well as testimonies from children who work as domestic labourers.

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It has been twenty years since the Indian Parliament passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986. Yet more children work as labourers in India than in any other country in the world. This Omnibus brings together three significant works on child labour focusing on the keyfactors which create an exploitative relationsh...

Myron Weiner (1931-99) was Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Neera Burra is Special Advisor, Poverty, to the UNDP, New Delhi. She was formerly Assistant Resident Representative. Asha Bajpai is a Professor at the Centre for Socio-legal Studies and Human Rights, Tata Institute of Social Sciences...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:740 pages, 8.8 × 5.8 × 1.6 inPublished:February 4, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195679903

ISBN - 13:9780195679908

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