Based on historical sources and ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana, the article presents child labour in cocoa communities as the outcome of a complex myriad of micro-level factors. It argues that many policy initiatives to address this problem have been hindered by a lack of understanding of the social and historical context impacting child rights in cocoa-producing communities. It also argues that by enabling a more grounded and gender-sensitive understanding of the household dimension of poor labour practices and of the plurality of factors underlying them, ethnography makes an important contribution to debates on unfree labour.
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This is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Development Studies, 49 (8), pp. 1088-1100. The Journal of Development Studies is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220388.2013.780041 .
- child labour
- cocoa production