The Business of Children
- Academy of Finland
685 715 euros
The Business of Children – Investigations Into the Connections Between Childhood, Work and Commerce in Late Capitalism
What role do children play in business life and what role does business play in the lives of children? We are used to think that business and economy are serious, adult pursuits, whereas childhood is presented as playful and disconnected from this. At the same time, public discourse often criticizes the way in which corporate interests affect the lives of children.
What is lost in such engagements, however, is the potential agency of children and the inter-relationships between commerce and childhood. We argue that childhood affects adult business life and this project will inquire into the hybrid relationships between childhood and commerce.
These will be studied in four segments, i.e. business logic, management knowledge, professional life and everyday life in organizations. Potential studies include design processes in children’s fashion, professional identities of children’s authors, children in the workplace and infantilizing management literature.