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Viviana A. Zelizer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780691139364

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691139364.001.0001

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Kids and Commerce

Kids and Commerce

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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.

Keywords:   children, economic activities, exploitation, production, consumption, distribution

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