Article

Childhoods in the Majority World: Miniature Adults or Tribal Children?

Citation

Punch S (2003) Childhoods in the Majority World: Miniature Adults or Tribal Children?. Sociology, 37 (2), pp. 277-295. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038503037002004

Abstract
Drawing on ethnographic data from rural Bolivia and applying the theoretical approaches of the minority group child and the tribal child (James et al. 1998), this paper shows that majority world children integrate work, play and school, moving back and forth between child and adult-centred worlds. It argues that majority world children have largely been perceived in relation to their work, and that the overlapping arenas of their everyday lives tend to be ignored. A more holistic perspective which considers how they may combine work and school with play could be more appropriate for understanding children’s childhoods.

Keywords
childhood; majority world; developing world; childhood culture; sociology of childhood; play; work; Bolivia; Children Bolivia Social conditions; Child welfare Bolivia; Child labor bolivia

Journal
Sociology: Volume 37, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date31/05/2003
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/1423
PublisherSage / British Sociological Association
ISSN0038-0385