Control over children's access to resources

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  • Control over children's access to resources
    • In industrial societies, children have only limited opportunities to earn money, and so they remain dependent economically on adults.
    • Labour laws and compulsory schooling exclude them from all but the most marginal, low-paid, part-time employment.
    • Although the state pays child benefit, this goes to the parent not the child.
    • Pocket money given by parents may depend on "good behaviour," and there may be restrictions on what it could be spent on.
      • Contrasts with economic role of children in the third world.societies and in European societies in the past.
        • Example: Katz: Sundanese children were already engaged in work at the age of three or four.

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