NEOS is the flagship publication of the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) of the American Anthropological Association. All articles within this bi-annual, refereed publication are open access. The current issue can be downloaded in its entirety in PDF format.

Communication in the Worlds of Children and Youth: Imagination, Language, Performance, and Creative Expression
Table of Contents
Editors’ Corner

Editorial: Communication in the Worlds of Children and Youth: Imagination, Language, Performance, and Creative Expression
Rebecca Sanford and Jennifer Shaw  PDF | HTML

ACYIG Advisory Board Update
Ida Fadzillah Leggett    PDF | HTML

Spring 2024 Call for Papers:  Building Blocks of Knowledge: Investigating Education, Learning and Knowing in Children and Youth  PDF | HTML


Drawing Talks
Julie Spray    PDF | HTML

Troubling Research: Participatory Arts-Based
Research with Refugee-Background Young People
Caitlin Nunn  PDF | HTML

Doin’ it Together: Zine Making and Creative Collaboration with Kids and Youth
carla joy bergman   PDF | HTML

Original Research Articles

Two Plus Two Does Not Equal Four: (Anti-)Childist Calls for Sahrawi Statehood
Yael Warshel    PDF | HTML

Cultural Models at Play: What Miscommunication Reveals About Shared Social Norms
Maija-Eliina Sequeira    PDF | HTML

“Who Would Like to Go to the Movies With Me?” Negotiating Social Participation Through Word Play
Barbara Turk Niskač    PDF | HTML

A Story of Ideological Becoming: Navigating Self Amidst Competing Ideals
Nona Moskowitz    PDF | HTML

Sociality of the Story: Harnessing the Transformative Power of Storytelling through Creative Exchange Among Refugee Youth
Laura Moran    PDF | HTML

Narrative Storywork: A Visual and Material Approach to Ethnographic Portraiture with Children in Care
Christopher Chapman        PDF | HTML

Mapping Linguistic Sociality in Rural India: Children and Youths’ Perceptions of Self and Language in Space
Jessica Chandras, Devayani Tirthali, and Priya Dabak        PDF | HTML

Children’s Perspective on Place and Belonging: Study of Pavement- and Slum-living Children of Kalighat area, Kolkata, India
Minushree Sharma    PDF | HTML

Using Embodied Tableaux as a Drama-Based Research Method with Children and Youth
Abigail Shabtay    PDF | HTML

Visual and Performance-Based Research Feedback for Children and Youth: at the Crossroads of the Arts and the Social Sciences
Élodie Razy, Charles-Édouard de Suremain, Mélanie Vivier, Mathewos Belissa, Léa Collard, Marie Daugey, Rachel Dobbels, Fanny Dragozis, Éloïse Maréchal, Perry Msoka, Édouard Nona,A. Sophie Sarcinelli, Aboubakry Sow, Ysak Tafere, Edwige Tiam, Lorena Ulloa, Carla Vaucher, and Élodie Willemsen    PDF | HTML

Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Participatory Research with Young People
Harla Octarra    PDF | HTML

Constellations: Connections Across Childhoods

Original Research Article: Standing Column on Equity and Anti-Racism
An Argument for Communal Approaches to Discipline for Racial Equity in US Elementary Schools
Kate Feinberg Robins    PDF | HTML

About US
About NEOS

NEOS is the flagship publication of the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG), American Anthropological Association. The bi-annual publication consists of peer-reviewed original short-form research articles as well as editor-reviewed commentaries and feature pieces.  NEOS relies on the work of many volunteers, including the full editorial board, peer reviewers, the ACYIG communications team, and a multitude of advisory board members for both NEOS and ACYIG. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact

About Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG)

Launched in 2007 as an Interest Group within the American Anthropological Association, the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) now boasts more than 1200 members in over ten countries. Members include academics and practitioners who publish on and work with, children all over the world. The need for an anthropological interest group concerned with children and childhood continues to center on the fact that, despite growing interest in the area of cross-cultural research on childhood, children’s experiences, and children’s rights, there are very few established places to discuss and publicize such work, especially outside the realm of education and health disciplines.

NEOS Editorial Board

Anne-Marie Bedard, MA
Developmental Editor

Chloe Bozak, BSW
Digital Scholarship Intern

Chelsea Cutright, PhD
Assistant Editor and Developmental Editor

Alexea Howard, MA
Assistant Editor and Peer-Review Coordinator

Manya Kagan, PhD
Assistant Editor and Developmental Editor

Chang Liu, PhD
Developmental Editor

Rebecca L. Sanford, PhD, RCSW

Jennifer Shaw, PhD

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