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April 25, 2013: Child Labor Regulations and the American Culture of Farm Work

A Presentation by Professor Deborah Levison and graduate student Megan Roberts
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed to change the regulations that have governed children’s work and physical presence on farms in the United States since the 1970s. A period for comments was opened, then extended. Eventually, more than 10,000 comments were received by the Department of Labor and made available to the public on the website Regulations.gov. Megan Roberts analyzed a large sample of those comments and will describe their strongly pro-child-work sentiment in this seminar, while Deborah Levison will place them in the context of human rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the recent decline in child/youth experience of work in America. Professor Deborah Levison, and Megan Roberts, graduate student; both are from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


Available for download as audio (.mp3, 107.1MB) or video (.m4v, 434.9MB).

The Childhood and Youth Studies Collaborative critically looks at the socio-historical constructions of children and transitions to adulthood, child-parent relations, and modern discourses and representations of childhood and adolescence.  It hosts events regularly throughout the year.  View other Childhood and Youth studies events here.

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