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The problem of child work is a complex and multidimensional issue from which it is difficult to separate its social, cultural, and economic components. There is no consensus on what is meant by child work, since the term can have several definitions, depending on policies, programs, and authors. What for some is child work, for others is not. This entry discusses the child labour debate within academia and international policy making and identifies a number of elements that have different consequences and connotations according to the cultural context in which child labour is framed.

The Child Labour Debate

In the last few decades, multiple definitions have been developed to measure and quantify the phenomenon of child labour; nevertheless, within public policies, these multiple definitions do not ...

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