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Children in Crisis

Ethnographic Studies in International Contexts, 1st Edition

Edited by Manata Hashemi, Martín Sánchez-Jankowski


130 pages

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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.


"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

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies