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Kids at WorkLatinx Families Selling Food on the Streets of Los Angeles$
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Emir Estrada

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479811519

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479811519.001.0001

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Making a Living Together

Making a Living Together

Communal Family Obligation Code and Economic Empathy

(p.83) 4 Making a Living Together
Kids at Work

Emir Estrada

NYU Press

Chapter 4 shows the children's resiliency that results from experiencing their parents’ position of oppression, which helps prevent an authority shift in favor of the children. Consequently, the children respect their parents’ work effort and report feeling closer to their parents. As a result of working together, children become keenly aware of the financial household and street vending obligations. I call this economic empathy and argue that this level of empathy is born when families develop a communal family obligation code. The chapter covers different forms of tensions between children and their parents and how children engage in family bartering with their parents. These street vending children feel torn between their responsibility to help their parents and their desire to enjoy a “normal” childhood. Overall, economic empathy can serve to buffer against dissonant acculturation.

Keywords:   economic empathy, communal family obligation code, family bartering, family work relations, children and work, dissonant acculturation

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