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Towards an anthropology of children and place
ByKAREN FOG OLWIG AND EVA GULLØV
Pages 19

The focus of this book is the social and cultural construction of children’s place in society, with its ever-changing set of inter-generational relationships. Using a cross-cultural approach, it investigates children in relation to the complex qualities of the concept of place as both social position and physical location. It thus examines the ways in which adults and children, from their different generational vantage points in society, negotiate ‘proper’ places for children. Through in-depth ethnographic studies based on field research in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Oceania, the contributors explore the kinds of places that are associated with children as they reflect their generational position. The authors discuss children’s socialisation and emplacement in society, and their possibilities for developing new places for themselves that may lead to a reconfiguration of the places designated to them.