Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Numerous articles about working children in Brazil focus on HIV-Aids, child labor, crime, and petty thievery; however, social science literature does not analyze their positive contributions. From the perspective of working children, this article discusses the contributions that they make to their families as they navigate between home, school, and the informal labor market. Data are presented on the types of work that working children perform, time spent working, money eared, and contributions to their family household incomes. In addition, this article argues that the lack of extra-familial support networks within favelas contributes to the high numbers of children working within informal markets in Brazilian cities. Finally, Brazil's legacy of slavery is linked to the political economy of patron-client relations as it impacts working children and their families.
First published in the Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Marcia Mikulak. "The Political Economy of Everyday Life: Working Children in Curvelo, Minas Gerais, Brazil" (2007). Anthropology Faculty Publications. 6.