This astute book initiates a broad discussion from a variety of different disciplines about how we place children nationally, globally and within development discourses. Unlike other books of its kind, it does not seek to dwell solely on the abiding complexities of local comparisons. Rather, it elaborates larger concerns about the changing nature of childhood, young people’s experiences, their citizenship and the embodiment of their political identities as they are embedded in the processes of national development and globalization. In particular, this book concentrates on three main issues: nation building and developing children, child participation and activism in the context of development, and globalization and children’s live in the context of what has been called "the end of development." These are relatively broad research perspectives that find focus in what the authors term "reproducing and developing children" as a key issue of national and global concern. They further argue that understanding children and reproduction is key to understanding globalization.
1. Introduction: Globalization, Development and Constructions of Childhood Section 1: Nation Building and Developing Children 2. Genealogies of Development: Child Development and National Development in Contemporary Discourse 3. Prisoners of their own Price Tags: Late Twentieth American Childhood 4. Early Child Development Theory, Race and Emerging Developmentalist Perspectives 5. Negotiating Migrant Identities: Young People in Bolivia and Argentina 6. Conditioned and Transformed Childhoods in Ethiopia Section 2: Child Participation and Activism in the Context of Development 7. At the Interface of Development Studies and Child Research: Rethinking the Participating Child 8. Children, Young People, UNICEF and Participation 9. Childhood as a Symbolic Space: Autonomy and a Search for Authentic Voices 10. Development, Children and Young People and Networked Geographies of Responsibility and Participation Section 3: Globalization and Children’s Lives: The End of Development 11. Childhood in the Age of Global Media 12. Desarrollo Integral y La Frontera/Integral Development and Borderspaces 13. Disciplining the Global Womb: Anti-Child Labour Campaigning and the End of Development