Small bodies, large contribution: Children's work in the tobacco plantations of lombok, Indonesia

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    Abstract

    Children contribute substantially to the workforce needed to produce tobacco in Indonesia. Drawing on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork, I discuss the reasons behind children's economic involvement in tobacco cultivation in the eastern region of the island of Lombok in eastern Indonesia. I explore children's paid work in the plantations by looking at the three dimensions of their economic lives: the local economy, their households and their individual lives. I address the tension between children's agency and the systems that constrain it.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)34-51
    Number of pages18
    JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
    Volume11
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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