Comparing Children’s Care Work Across Majority and Minority Worlds

  • Ruth EvansEmail author
  • Saul Becker
Part of the Palgrave Studies on Children and Development book series (PSCD)


Comparative qualitative methodologies that investigate children’s lives in sharply contrasting socio-economic, political and welfare contexts are relatively unusual. Yet within an increasingly interdependent globalised world, comparative research and dialogue across binaries seems ever more important. In this chapter, we critically reflect on global conceptualisations of young caregiving and discuss the methodological and ethical challenges that arose in our comparative study of children caring for a parent/relative living with HIV in Tanzania and the UK. We discuss the potential problems and benefits of using the term “young carer” and suggest that levels of support and recognition of children’s caring roles in particular countries do not follow a simple Majority-Minority world binary but rather reveal a more complex picture. We argue that developing global perspectives that work across geographical, linguistic and disciplinary boundaries can facilitate greater understanding of the commonalities and diversities of children’s caring lives globally.



We would like to thank all the participants of the Tanzania-UK study discussed here, Morten Skovdal for helpful discussions and reflections and the editors for their useful feedback on an earlier version of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and Environmental ScienceUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.University of SussexBrightonUK

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