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« Petites nièces » et « petites bonnes » à Abidjan : Les mutations de la domesticité juvénile

Abstract : In contemporary Abidjanese society, most of domestic work is accomplished by female children and young girls less than 20. This ancient phenomenon of working “small maids” in urban households, as old as the origins of the city, has undercome major changes, especially those that derive from the economic recession in the Ivory Coast since the 1980s. In order to retrace the contemporary logics of the contribution of female children and young girls to urban domestic economy, the article retraces history of the market of female juvenile domestic service in Abidjan over the past 30 years. It analyzes the transition from a family-based logic of putting children to work to anonymous and more contractual logics of juvenile domestic salaried work. It stresses the diversity of situations and the complex phenomenon that, although unknown, represents an indicator of social change in Black Africa.
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Mélanie Jacquemin. « Petites nièces » et « petites bonnes » à Abidjan : Les mutations de la domesticité juvénile. Travail, genre et sociétés, L'Harmattan/La découverte, 2009, Domestiques d'ici et d'ailleurs, 22, pp.53-74. ⟨10.3917/tgs.022.0053⟩. ⟨hal-02010895⟩



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