- Title Pages
- Introduction The Lives behind Economic Lives
- Part One Valuation of Human Lives
- 1 Human Values and the Market
- 2 The Price and Value of Children
- 3 From Baby Farms to Baby M
- 4 The Priceless Child Revisited
- Part Two The Social Meaning of Money
- 5 The Social Meaning of Money
- 6 Fine Tuning the Zelizer View
- 7 Payments and Social Ties
- 8 Money, Power, and Sex
- Part Three Intimate Economies
- 9 Do Markets Poison Intimacy?
- 10 The Purchase of Intimacy
- 11 Kids and Commerce
- 12 Intimacy in Economic Organizations
- Part Four The Economy of Care
- 13 Caring Everywhere
- 14 Risky Exchanges
- Part Five Circuits of Commerce
- 15 Circuits within Capitalism
- 16 Circuits in Economic Life
- Part Six Appraising Economic Lives: Critiques and Syntheses
- 17 Beyond the Polemics on the Market
- 18 Pasts and Futures of Economic Sociology
- 19 Culture and Consumption
- 20 Ethics in the Economy
- Published Works of Viviana A. Zelizer on Economic Sociology
Kids and Commerce
Kids and Commerce
- (p.213) 11 Kids and Commerce
- Economic Lives
Viviana A. Zelizer
- Princeton University Press
This chapter documents children's involvement in a variety of economic transactions, including production, consumption, and distribution. While hostile-worlds theories insist that children's innocence should be protected from the ravages of the market, in reality children have active economic lives of a particular kind. Researchers have also so far given much more attention to consumption practices. This chapter reverses the perspective by stressing production and distribution before turning to a briefer sketch of consumption. In each of these sectors we find differentiation of children's economic activities depending on their predominant social relations. It focuses here on three types of relations: with other household members; with agents of organizations outside the household; with other children.
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