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Intersectionality and Difference in Childhood and Youth

Global Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Nadia von Benzon, Catherine Wilkinson


234 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the alternative experiences of children and young people whose everyday lives contradict ideas and ideals of normalcy from the local to the global context.

Presenting empirical research and conceptual interventions from a variety of international contexts, this book seeks to contribute to understandings of alterity, agency and everyday precarity. The young lives foregrounded in this volume include the experiences of transnational families, children in ethnic minority communities, street-living young people, disabled children, child soldiers, victims of abuse, politically active young people, working children and those engaging with alternative education. By exploring ‘other’ ways of being, doing, and thinking about childhood, this book addresses questions around what it is to be a child and what it is to be marginalised in society. The narratives explore the everydayness and the mundanity of difference as they are experienced through social structures and relationships, simultaneously recognizing and critiquing notions of agency and power.

This book, including a discussion resource for teaching or peer reading groups, will appeal to academics, students and researchers across subject disciplines including Human Geography, Children’s Geography, Social Care and Childhood Studies.

Table of Contents


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1. Introduction

Nadia von Benzon and Catherine Wilkinson

Part One: Stigma

2. Childhood Disability and Clothing: (Un)dressing debates

Catherine Wilkinson and Samantha Wilkinson

3. ‘They should have stayed’: Blaming street children and disruption of the intergenerational contract

Gemma Pearson

4. Subverting neighbourhood normalcy and the impacts on child wellbeing in Malta

Bernadine Satariano

5. ‘Bad Children’: International stigmatisation of children trained to kill during war and armed conflict

Urszula Markowska-Manista

Part Two: Work, Education and Activism

6. Other(ed) Childhoods: Supplementary Schools and the Politics of Learning

Helen F. Wilson, Erica Burman, Susie Miles and Saskia Warren

7. Not an ‘other’ childhood: child labour laws, working children and childhood in Bolivia

Chris Willman

8. Unschooling and the simultaneous development and mitigation of ‘otherness’ amongst home schooling families

Nadia von Benzon

9. Being seen, being heard: Engaging and valuing young people as political actors and activists

Sarah Marie Hall and Laura Pottinger

Part Three: Out of Place

10. Young Survivors of Sexual Abuse as ‘Children out of Place’

Korinna McRobert

11. Realising Childhood in an Urdu-Speaking Bihari Community in Bangladesh

Jiniya Afroze

12. Discovering Difference in Outer Suburbia: Mapping, intra-activity and alternative directedness in Shaun Tan’s Eric

Amy Mulvenna

13. Transnational Practices and Children’s Local Lives in Times of Economic Crisis

Michael Boampong

14. Conclusion

Nadia von Benzon



About the Editors

Nadia von Benzon is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Lancaster, UK.

Catherine Wilkinson is a Senior Lecturer in Educaton at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Spaces of Childhood and Youth Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography