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Portuguese Child Labour: Manufacturing for Change or Continuing Exploitation in the Textiles Industry?

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Eaton, Martin (1998) Portuguese Child Labour: Manufacturing for Change or Continuing Exploitation in the Textiles Industry? Childhood, A Global Journal of Child Research, 5 (3). pp. 325-344. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/0907568298005003006

Abstract

The prevalence of working children in Portugal is a controversial issue, with more than 24,700 under-14s in employment. The phenomenon is most visible in the textile, clothing and footwear industries (TCF) of the northwest around Oporto. This article presents an overview of the role of Portuguese child labourers. In particular, it focuses upon the TCF sectors, and outlines the causes. It evaluates the reactions to the problem and assesses the likelihood of short-term solutions being successful. In the longer term, it is argued that positive outcomes will be based upon improved education, an alteration in the views of the factory owners, parents and their children, and greater knowledge of innovative working practices among key companies.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Child labourers, Exploitation, Industry, Portugal, Solutions
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Environmental Sciences
ID Code:19036
Deposited By:Dr Martin Eaton
Deposited On:18 Jul 2011 10:39
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 10:39

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