9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN04 Sociology of Children and Childhood

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Representations of Childhood Building II, C6.02

Child labour in the Italian press: an analysis

Child labour is a topic highly relevant and ethically ambivalent because of the debate on the conditions of contemporary childhood and on the economic inequalities in a globalising world.

The power to giving names to things makes it possible to build a framework in which these names are meaningful.

This means that giving name to child labour can be considered as an action giving form to an object that takes different figure, depending of the statements that describe him, it shall appoint and identify.

How the issue of child labour in the Italian public opinion is defined.

The analysis of the Italian daily press, particularly the most widespread, allows to define the prevailing views and the main manner of framing the issue.

Then the main frames were highlighted that make up the discursive space within which every argument must be placed, in order its likelihood is accepted.

On the one hand a main frame is found, in which child labour is seen as a problem, against which is necessary to fight, and on the other hand, a parallel tendency to hiding the individuality of the children who works.