Towards an appraisal of the academic literature on determinants of child labour in Turkey

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Turkey

Approval Date: 2014




This thesis has two interrelated aims. First, it aims to assess the mainstream theoretical approaches that account for the causes of increasing significance of child labour. Secondly, it aims to locate the evolution of child within its political economic context of capitalist development and crisis in Turkey especially since the 1980s. The thesis argues that changing dynamics of capitalist development especially since the 1970s, (such as the internationalisation of capital, the growing dominance of money form of capital, the concomitant prevalance of finance dominated capitalism), and the manifestations of these trends in neoliberal policy frameworks as well as the resultant intensification in the commodification of labour should be reintegrated into the analyses of child labour to understand the structural interrelationships between poverty, urbanisation, migration, and technological developments as factors perpetuating child labour.