Call For Abstracts: Proposed Special Issue on Children and Childhoods in Latin America
The editors of this special issue of Childhood’s Today are looking for papers that will help to assess how research on Latin American childhoods and children can contribute to, and challenge, the field of Childhood Studies.
Please submit abstracts of between 300 and 500 words by July 31st, 2012. Abstracts and articles must be submitted in English
Much of the theorizing and methodological development of the interdisciplinary field of Childhood Studies has been primarily developed within the Global North. Whether the concepts of agency, participation and rights as understood by Northern academics are useful to comprehend the lives of children in the Global South is yet to be investigated. In this sense it is important to not only question the specific constraints and potentialities that southern children face, but also address the similarities between their childhood experiences and those of their counterparts in the Global North. To say that children and childhood changes over time and context, is rather obvious. But how these changes effect children’s childhoods is still worth enquiring, especially from a Latin American perspective.
This special issue will consider articles focusing on, but not exclusively, how State interventions affects children’s lives; children’s work or child labour; children’s rights; theoretical, ethical and methodological issues on researching with children; ethnographical accounts of children’s lives, including how religion, ethnic, economics and politics shape childhoods.
Childhood’s Today (ISSN1753-0849)