International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

An Explication of the Paradox of Street Working Children (SWC) with Special Reference to Pakistan
Aliya Abbasi

A scientific understanding of the issue of ā€˜street childrenā€™ embedded in its present context is imperative not only to understand the characteristics, needs and role of these children as social actors and the factors behind their work but also to devise and propose appropriate legal interventions. Therefore, the present research deals with the question: why a contextualized understanding of the issue of street working children is important? The gravity of the problem is highlighted in the form of negative and biased public perception about ā€˜street childrenā€™. The empirical evidence from Pakistanā€™s urban areas mainly Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar is used. The paradox of the ā€œstreet childā€ phenomenon is that streets are considered harmful for childrenā€™s wellbeing and the work they carryout is stigmatized. However, the research findings suggest that despite risks, there is a remunerative function to street work which is often ignored.

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