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Viviana A. Zelizer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780691139364

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691139364.001.0001

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The Priceless Child Revisited

The Priceless Child Revisited

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(p.72) 4 The Priceless Child Revisited
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Economic Lives
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Viviana A. Zelizer

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691139364.003.0005

This chapter presents a view of what is happening to children in our own times. It examines children's current economic value with a different slant. It lays out a framework for understanding two other persistent questions: (1) When and why does thinking about children's productive activities make us uncomfortable? (2) In what ways do children generate immediate economic value but also contribute to their own financial, human, social, and cultural capital as well as that of their families and communities? Drawing mostly from household carework and immigrant enterprises, the chapter focuses on children's economic practices. It reveals the impressive variety of children's labor and illustrates the crucial contributions that children make to the maintenance of adult-run enterprises.

Keywords:   children, economic value, economic practices, children's labor, adult-run enterprises, carework, immigrant enterprises

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