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Child Labour in India: Globalization, Power, and the Politics of International Children's Rights

Author:
Sanghera, Gurchathen S. (teaches at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland.)

ISBN:
978 0 19 946680 1
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
344
List price(s):
55.00 USD
34.99 GBP

Publication date:
1 December 2016

Short description: 

India has the largest number of child labourers in the world, and has been the subject of intense media and political campaigns in the North aimed at addressing the abuse of childrens rights. This book explores childrens rights as a site of power and reveals how the rights discourse has been used by international actors, national elites, and local NGOs in the child labour debate in India.

Full description: 

India has the largest number of child labourers in the world, and has been the subject of intense media and political campaigns in the North aimed at addressing the abuse of childrens rights. This book explores childrens rights as a site of power and reveals how the rights discourse has been used by international actors, national elites, and local NGOs in the child labour debate in India. While discussing the childrens rights in the contemporary world, the author analyses human rights and power along with insights from postcolonial theorists. He provides empirical accounts of how three Indian NGOs-Bonded Labour Liberation Front, Butterflies, and South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude-are using the discourse of childrens rights to challenge child labour practices. Combining global and local perspectives to arrive at a comprehensive picture, the book locates the struggle for child rights on two fronts: critiquing neo-liberal globalization and challenging rights violations in India.

Biography: 

Gurchathen S. Sanghera teaches at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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