"Children's Lifeworlds" offers a sympathetic and detailed case study of the work routine of boys and girls in a south Indian village, illustrating how these children view the value of their work. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this study is its examination not only of the objective conditions of children's exploitation, but their subjective experiences of work and school. As such, "Children's Lifeworlds" makes a significant contribution to our knowledge of work and lives in developing societies.
Olga Nieuwenhuys examines how class and kinship, gender and household structure, government ideology and education influence the lives of children in developing countries and directly challenges the notion that remunerated work within the household is not exploitative. In so doing, her study represents a major contribution to the literature on the economy of peasant households in developing societies.
Combining personal experience, quantitative data and in-depth anthropological methods, "Children's Lifeworlds" provides unique insight into the world of peasant children--subjects largely overlooked by social anthropologists.