1st Edition

Children's Places Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Edited By Karen Fog Olwig, Eva Gullov Copyright 2003
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    Children's Places examines the ways in which children and adults, from their different vantage-points in society, negotiate the 'proper place' of children in both social and spatial terms. It looks at some of the recognised constructions of children, including perspectives from cultures that do not distinguish children as a distinct category of people, as well as examining contexts for them, from schools and kindergartens to inner cities and war-zones. The result is a much-needed insight into the notions of inclusion and exclusion, the placement and displacement of children within generational ranks and orders, and the kinds of places that children construct for themselves.
    Based on in-depth ethnographic research from Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

    Chapter 1 Towards an anthropology of children and place, Karen Fog Olwig, Eva Gulløv; Part 1 Part I Place as a site of opportunity and control; Chapter 2 Creating a natural place for children, Eva Gulløv; Chapter 3 Restricted experiences in a conflict society, Laura Gilliam; Chapter 4 The Smith children go out to school — and come home again, Francine Lorimer; Chapter 5 How will the children come home?, Laura Hammond; Part 2 Place as a site in the field of generational relations; Chapter 6 Growing up between places of work and non-places of childhood, Olga Nieuwenhuys; Chapter 7 Common neighbourhoods—diversified lives, Hilde Lidén; Chapter 8 Associationless children, Anderson Sally; Chapter 9 Changing place, changing position, Erick Otieno Nyambedha, Jens Aagaard-Hansen; Part 3 Place as a source of belonging; Chapter 10 Sweet and bitter places, Lotte Meinert; Chapter 11 ‘Imagined communities’, Anne Trine Kjørholt; Chapter 12 Children's places of belonging in immigrant families of Caribbean background, Karen Fog Olwig; Chapter 13 Epilogue, Vered AmitINDEX;


    Karen Fog Olwig is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. She is author of Global Culture, Island Identity (Harwood,1993) and co-editor of Work and Migration (Routledge, 2002)., Eva Gullov is a Senior Lecturer at the Danish University of Education in Copenhagen, and a co-founder of the Network for Cross-Cultural Child Studies.

    'Ethnographically rich, this book provides fascinating insight into the subtleties of children's own engagement with the places and space designated for childhood' - Allison James, Director of the Centre for the Social Study of Childhood, University of Hull

    '[The book] provides a readable, enjoyable and ethnographically rich consideration of the physical and metaphorical 'places' that children inhabit in a variety of cultural contexts.' - Children's Geographies

    'In addition to the strength of each article, I found this volume, which has not recieved the attention it deserves, to be particularly compelling and stimulating.' – Ethnos

    "Children's Places is an important contribution to the anthropological study of children and childhood, both of which have been sadly unerrepresented in anthropological research and concomitant literature." -- Marcia Mikulak, University of North Dakota, Journal of Anthropological Research

    ' The book is a positive addition to comparative study in the field...' - Anthropology in Action