Figuring the Future: Globalization and the Temporalities of Children and Youth (School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series)

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Child laborers in South Asia, child soldiers in Sierra Leone and Uganda, Chinese youth playing computer games to earn virtual gold, youth involved in sex trafficking in the former Soviet republics and Thailand: these are just some of the young people featured in the news of late. The idea that young people are more malleable and the truisms that “youth are the future” or “children are our hope for the future” give news stories and scholarly accounts added meaning. To address how and why youth and children have come to seem so important to globalization, the contributors to this book look at the both the spatial relations and the temporal dimensions of globalization in places as far apart as Oakland, California, and Tamatave, Madagascar, in situations as disparate as the idealization of childhood innocence and the brutal lives of street children. Discourses of, and practices by, youth and children, from the design of toys to political mobilization, are critical sites through which people everywhere conceive of, produce, contest, and naturalize the new futures.

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Jennifer Cole is a cultural anthropologist and member of the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago.

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The volume includes nine essays in addition to an introduction written by editors Jennifer Cole and Deborah Durham, two anthropologists.... The authors display a plurality of perspectives on childhood studies and globalization developed in fieldwork in a range of different places.... Constitutes an excellent product of the most recent wave of child focused studies in which political appeal, interdisciplinary approaches, and global attention are interrelated. Contributors underline the dynamism in children and youth lives and the connections between their micro contexts and globalscapes. --Valentina Mutti, Ethos 8/09

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