Helping Out

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Temple University Press, Jun 30, 2010 - Business & Economics - 247 pages
The growing body of literature on ethnic businesses has emphasized the importance of small family-based businesses as a key form of immigrant adaptation. Although there have been numerous references to the importance of "family labor" as a key ethnic resource, few studies have examined the work roles and family dynamics entailed in various kinds of ethnic businesses.

Helping Out addresses the centrality of children's labor participation in such family enterprises. Discussing the case of Chinese families running take-out food shops in Britain, Miri Song examines the ways in which children contribute their labor and the context in which children come to understand and believe in "helping out" as part of a "family work contract." Song explores the implications of these children's labor participation for family relationships, cultural identity, and the future of the Chinese community in Britain. While doing so, she argues that the practical importance and the broader meanings of children's work must be understood in the context of immigrant families' experiences of migration and ethnic minority status in Western, white-majority societies.
 

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Contents

1 The Role of Family Ties in Ethnic Businesses
1
2 Chinese Migration and the Establishment ofTakeaways in Britain
23
3 The Shop Runs Our Lives
47
4 Helping Out
73
5 Upholding and Negotiating theFamily Work Contract
100
6 Siblings Labor Commitments andFamily Reputations
137
7 Looking to the Future
174
Locations of Takeaway Businesses
207
Background Information on Young People
209
Notes
211
Bibliography
221
Index
241
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Miri Song is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury.