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Learning From the Children: Childhood, Culture and Identity in a Changing World

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Learning From the Children

Childhood, Culture and Identity in a Changing World

Edited by Jacqueline Waldren and Ignacy-Marek Kaminski

204 pages, 3 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-325-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2012)

ISBN  978-1-78238-675-9 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (September 2014)

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Children and youth, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds, are experiencing lifestyle choices their parents never imagined and contributing to the transformation of ideals, traditions, education and adult–child power dynamics. As a result of the advances in technology and media as well as the effects of globalization, the transmission of social and cultural practices from parents to children is changing. Based on a number of qualitative studies, this book offers insights into the lives of children and youth in Britain, Japan, Spain, Israel/Palestine, and Pakistan. Attention is focused on the child’s perspective within the social-power dynamics involved in adult–child relations, which reveals the dilemmas of policy, planning and parenting in a changing world.

Jacqueline Waldren is Research Associate, Lecturer and Tutor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology and International Gender Studies and a member of Linacre College, University of Oxford. Her research on Europe includes identity, gender, migration, tourism and lifestyle changes. Her publications include Insiders and Outsiders (1996), Tourists and Tourism (co-ed., 1997), Anthropological Perspectives on Local Development (co-ed., 2004) and many articles. She is Director of DAMARC, Deia Archaeological and Anthropological Museum and Research Centre in Mallorca, Spain.

Ignacy-Marek Kaminski is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Mejiro University, Tokyo; Associate Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at Goteborg University; and Visiting Senior Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford University. He has done fieldwork among the Ainu, Inuit, Roma and Ryukyuans; his research focuses on transitive identity, conflict resolution and leadership. His works are published in twelve languages.

Subject: General Anthropology Sociology


List of Illustrations


Jacqueline Waldren and Ignacy-Marek Kaminski


Chapter 1. Invisible Routes, Invisible Lives: The Multiple Worlds of Runaway and Missing Women and Girls in Upper Sindh, Pakistan
Nafisa Shah

Chapter 2. Education, Tradition and Modernization: Bedouin Girls in Israel
Sarab Abu-Rabia Quedar


Chapter 3. More Than One Rung: Young women’s disadvantage in careers, work, skills and pay
Lucy Russell and Louisa Darian

Chapter 4. We’re Not Poor! They Are: Talking with children and parents about poverty and social exclusion in so-called ‘deprived areas’ of Milton Keynes
Anna Lærke

Chapter 5. Dancing With An Angel :What I have learnt from my “special needs” daughter, Elisa
Elsa Dawson

Chapter 6. Being Parented? Children and young people’s engagement with parenting activities
Julie Seymour and Sally McNamee


Chapter 7. Children’s Moving Stories: How the children of British lifestyle migrants cope with super-diversity
Karen O’Reilly

Chapter 8. Children Negotiating Identity in Mallorca
Jacqueline Waldren

Chapter 9. Identity Without Birthright: Negotiating Children’s Citizenship and Identity in Cross-Cultural Bureaucracy
Ignacy-Marek Kaminski

Chapter 10. Doing Fieldwork with Children in Japan
Roger Goodman

Notes on the Contributors

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