Helping Out: Children's Labor in Ethnic Businesses

Song, Miri (1999) Helping Out: Children's Labor in Ethnic Businesses. Temple University Press, Philadelphia, USA, 247 pp. ISBN 9781566397087. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The growing body of literature on ethnic businesses has emphasized the importance of small family-based businesses as a key form of immigrant adaptation. Although there have been numerous references to the importance of 'family labor' as a key ethnic resource, few studies have examined the work roles and family dynamics entailed in various kinds of ethnic businesses. "Helping Out" addresses the centrality of children's labor participation in such family enterprises. Discussing the case of Chinese families running take-out food shops in Britain, Miri Song examines the ways in which children contribute their labor and the context in which children come to understand and believe in 'helping out' as part of a 'family work contract'. Song explores the implications of these children's labor participation for family relationships, cultural identity, and the future of the Chinese community in Britain. While doing so, she argues that the practical importance and the broader meanings of children's work must be understood in the context of immigrant families' experiences of migration and ethnic minority status in Western, white-majority societies. Miri Song is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
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Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2010 14:09
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