Call for Papers: American Anthropological Association Meetings
Denver, CO, USA November 18-22nd 2015
Session: “Breaking the rules?” The politics of deviance among children and youth
Organizers: Laura Sikstrom, Sarah Gould and Lauren Classen, University of Toronto
Discussant: Deborah Durham
Children and youth have been represented in both popular and scholarly discourse as being in crisis. Both victims and harbingers of violence and disorder, they emerge variably as “in danger” and “dangerous” (Brooks 2003: 3) and are frequently cast as disruptive, violent and deviant (Cheney 2007; Cohen 1972). Yet, our research with children and youth reveals that they are ‘breaking the rules’ in creative and often unexpected ways. This panel explores the slipperiness between deviance and agency (Bordonaro 2012) as children and youth respond to recent social and political changes in their lives, navigating shifting social norms and moral boundaries.
There is a tension between longstanding ideas about the need to protect or “save” children and youth, and the current agency-centred paradigm of childhood studies (Amith-Talai and Wulff 1995; Cole and Durham 2008; Honwana and DeBoeck 2008). Many scholars seek to describe children and youth as cultural agents and dynamic contributors to social life (Durham 2008), while in the contexts of our work these same forms of agency are stigmatised as deviant (Kovats-Bernat 2006). Many interventions tend to downplay children and youth’s agency, reflexivity and capacity for resistance, preferring to deal with them as mere victims (Valentin and Meinert 2009) or seek to correct “deviant” behavior. Thus, in this panel we ask, how do young people navigate these contradictions and what are the consequences for themselves, their families, communities and wider society? We consider how human rights campaigns, shifts in livelihood strategies, migration, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and neoliberal policies affect agency/deviancy in different ethnographic contexts.
Please send a title and abstract to [email protected] by Monday, April 13.
by Kristin Williams
This is a CFP for a co-edited book focussing on child as victim of violence during ethnic violence, war or acts of terror. It is being co-edited by: Dr. Angelie Multani, Associate Professor Department of HUSS, IIT Delhi and Dr. Kamayani Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of English , MAC University of Delhi. Scholars working on literary texts, films which correspond to the theme are welcome to submit papers on the following tropes:
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Call for Papers: Girls’ Studies
A special issue of Gender Issues is now open for submission of articles by those conducting original applied research to the field of girls’ studies. We seek articles that unravel the constructions of girlhood and invite a critical discussion of issues including but not limited to: health, social justice, and well being; sites of social, political, and community action; trans and gender non-conforming girls; educating girls; sexuality and representations of girls; girls around the globe. Authors should including abstracts and brief bios. We would also welcome short book reviews that cover the field of girls’ studies. A general description of what the journal seeks to publish follows:
Gender Issues is multidisciplinary and cross-national in scope focusing on gender and gender equity. The journal publishes basic and applied research examining gender relationships as well as the impact of economic, legal, political, and social forces on those relationships across four domains:
- Understanding gender socialization, personality, and behavior in a gendered context.
- Exploring the wide range of relationships within the gender spectrum, such as acquaintances, friendships, romantic, and professional relationships.
- Assessing the impact of economic, legal, political, and social changes on gender identity, expression, and gender relations.
- Interpreting the impact of economic, legal, political, and social changes on the aspirations, status and roles of people internationally.
Date for Submissions: October 1, 2015
Publication Date: June 2016
Inquires and submissions: https://www.editorialmanager.com/geis/default.aspx
Authors should submit through the Editorial Manager system and note that this article should be saved for the “Girls Studies special issue”.
Gender Studies is published in print and online by Springer Publishing Company. From 1932-1980, Gender Studieswas published under the title Feminist Issues. Please visit http://link.springer.com/journal/12147 for further details. Special Attention should be paid to the “For Authors and Editors” section, which includes information about preparing the manuscript for submission. Past articles are also available to read online.
Guest Editor: Elaine J. O’Quinn is a Professor of English and affiliate faculty in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where she helped develop a minor in Girls’ Studies. Her interests include girls and literacy, and her most recent publication on this topic is Girl’s Literacy Experiences In and Out of School: Learning and Composing Gendered Identities (Routledge 2013).
This is a brief (only 2 journal pages) but informative piece that would be useful in research methods courses to give students a broad overview of critical thinking in research design or as a reference for researchers who wish to justify making methodological decisions that challenge problematic norms in research design, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research.
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