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Child Domestic Workers in Zimbabwe
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In the context of AIDS and a declining economy, one strategy for children to ensure their own livelihood is to engage in domestic employment. Here, Michael Bourdillon presents the findings of research based on interviews and discussions with child domestic workers in Zimbabwe. It looks at the circumstances that pushed them into employment, the hardships and humiliations they face therein, as well as the benefits they derive, including, in some cases, education. Most children wanted improvements in their living and working conditions. They did not want to be stopped from working, perceiving that this would worsen their already harsh lives. While child domestic wok is problematic, and often lays children open to various types of abuse, it can also offer critical support and patronage to very disadvantaged children.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. v-7
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Forms of Engagement in Domestic Work
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. 3. Reasons for Seeking Employment
  2. pp. 35-48
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  1. 4. Finding a Job
  2. pp. 49-52
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  1. 5. Employing Child Domestic Workers
  2. pp. 53-62
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  1. 6. Conditions of Work
  2. pp. 63-77
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  1. 7. Living Conditions
  2. pp. 79-83
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  1. 8. Abuse
  2. pp. 85-89
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  1. 9. Clubs for Child Domestic Workers
  2. pp. 91-93
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  1. 10. Conclusion
  2. pp. 95-97
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  1. Appendix 1: Tables
  2. pp. 99-111
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  1. Appendix 2: Guidelines for employers of child domestic workers
  2. pp. 113-116
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  1. Back Cover
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