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Child experiences as street traders in Peru: contributing to a reappraisal for working children

Bromley, Rosemary D. F. and Mackie, Peter Kelso ORCID: 2009. Child experiences as street traders in Peru: contributing to a reappraisal for working children. Children's Geographies 7 (2) , pp. 141-158. 10.1080/14733280902798852

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By exploring the experiences of over a hundred child traders in Cusco, this research provides an insight into the more everyday circumstances of children's work in developing countries. The working conditions of child traders raise serious concerns, including: dangers of accidents, theft and abuse; shortage of time for play; and some disruption to education. Nevertheless, the positives of trading work are substantial. Although the children feel that they have to work, they gain enjoyment and economic empowerment. Moreover, they display a certain self esteem and confidence in the knowledge of their trading skills, and a spatial awareness of the best trading sites, demonstrating agency in their choice of trading locations. The findings suggest that international policy, which emphasises universal condemnation and prohibition of child work, requires revision. Such policy should be replaced by a more flexible approach, which recognises the benefits of children's work and embraces supportive protection for children engaged in the lighter forms of work such as trading.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child work ; Street children ; Informal trade ; Peru
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1473-3285
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:37

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