1st Edition

Children in Crisis Ethnographic Studies in International Contexts

Edited By Manata Hashemi, Martín Sánchez-Jankowski Copyright 2013
    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume brings together ethnographers conducting research on children living in crisis situations in both developing and developed regions, taking a cross-cultural approach that spans different cities in the global North and South to provide insight and analyses into the lifeworlds of their young, at-risk inhabitants. Looking at the lived experiences of poverty, drastic inequality, displacement, ecological degradation and war in countries including Haiti, Argentina and Palestine, the book shows how children both respond to and are shaped by their circumstances. Going beyond conventional images of children subjected to starvation, hunger, and disease to build an integrated analysis of what it means to be a child in crisis in the 21st century, the book makes a significant contribution to the nascent field of study concerned with development and childhood. With children now at the forefront of debates on human rights and poverty reduction, there is no better time for scholars, policymakers and the general public to understand the complex social, economic and political dynamics that characterize their present predicaments and future life chances.

    Introduction: Children in Crisis  Manata Hashemi and Martín Sánchez-Jankowski  1. Street Children, AIDS Orphans, and Unprotected Minors: What You Read Is Not What You See  Lewis Aptekarm  2. Longitudinal Repeated Ethnography: Theoretical Implications for a Cultural, Social Class and Gendered Understanding of Children on the Streets in Kenya  Phillip Kilbride  3. Refugees in the Middle East: Identity Politics among Sahrawi, Palestinian, and Afghan Youth  Dawn Chatty  4. No Balm in Gilead: Childhood, Suffering, and Survival in Haiti  J. Christopher Kovats-Bernat  5. Children at Toxic Risk  Javier Auyero  6. (Im)permeable Boundaries: Why Integration into Affluent White-Majority Schools for Low-Income Minority Students is Elusive  Prudence L. Carter


    Manata Hashemi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. She is also a Research Associate at the Center for Ethnographic Research at the University of California at Berkeley, where she holds a Ph.D. in sociology.

    Martin Sanchez-Jankowski is professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.

    "I appreciate the opportunity to read this insightful publication. I recommend it to children’s studies practitioners in all disciplines, as well as those actively engaged in humanitarian aid and in equity programme delivery." - Mavis Duncanson, University of Otago