Children's labour in ethnic family businesses: The case of Chinese take-away businesses in Britain

Song, Miri (1997) Children's labour in ethnic family businesses: The case of Chinese take-away businesses in Britain. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 20 (4). pp. 690-716. ISSN 0141-9870. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.1997.9993985) (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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Abstract

Reliance upon unpaid and committed family labour is said to make many ethnic businesses competitive. However, most analysts' references to this labour have not taken into account the nature of family members' and, in particular, children's work roles or the ways in which their labour is elicited and maintained. Here, the nature of children's labour participation in ethnic businesses is investigated in the case of families running Chinese take-away businesses in Britain. This article focuses on how children in these families understand their often double-edged experiences of 'helping out', as part of a 'family work contract', and on the ways in which families negotiate children's labour over time. Given these families' experiences of migration and ethnic minority status, I argue that Chinese children's work in take-away businesses must be examined in relation to the intersections of family obligations and relationships, livelihood strategies and pressures, and issues of cultural identity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: 'Family work contract', 'Helping out', Children, Chinese, Cultural identity, Ethnic business, child labour, chinese people, cultural identity, UK
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 13:16 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 13:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37837 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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