Global Childhoods: Globalization, Development and Young People

This volume is edited by Stuart Aitken and includes a contribution by Fernando Bosco. This collection highlights one important frame for understanding the importance of children's geographies: the social construction of children and the spatial dynamics of local childhoods are related to global and political economic trends and conceptualizations of development.

Global Childhoods: Why Children? Why Now?
Edited by Stuart Aitken, Anne Trine Kjørholt and Ragnhild Lund

Table of Contents

Allison James


Stuart Aitken, Anne Trine Kjørholt and Ragnhild Lund

Introduction: Why Children? Why Now?

The Globalized North & Exporting Childhoods

Sue Ruddick and Cindi Katz

Genealogies of Development: Child Development and National Development in Contemporary Discourse

Elizabeth Gagen

Reflections of Primitivism: Development, Progress and Civilization in Imperial America, 1898-1914

Anne Trine Kjørholt

Childhood as a Symbolic Space. Searching for Authentic Voices in the Era of Globalisation

David Buckingham

Childhood in the Age of Global Media

The Globalized South & Importing Livelihoods

Fernando Bosco

Global Aid Networks and Hungry Children in Argentina: Thinking about Geographies of Responsibility and Care

Tatek Abebe

Changing livelihoods - Changing Childhood: Patterns of Children's Work in Rural Southern Ethiopia

Samantha Punch

Negotiating Migrant Identities: Young People in Bolivia and Argentina

Stuart Aitken

Desarrollo Integral y La Frontera/Integral Development & Borderspaces

Child Participation in Development: A Globalized Discourse

Ragnhild Lund

At the Interface of Development Studies and Child Research: Rethinking the Participating Child

Olga Nieuwenhuys

Disciplining the Global Womb: Anti-child Labour Campaigning and the End of Development

Tracey Skelton

Children, Young People, UNICEF and Participation

Arturo Escobar


For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Stuart Aitken.