Childhood in Crisis: Development in a Globalized World

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Childhood in Crisis

Spring 2020

Taught By: Victoria Malkin

Section: A

CRN: 7096

Credits: 3

What is childhood ? What does it mean to be a child? How much are these ideas a reflection of adult anxieties and desires? In this class, childhood will be approached as an object of ethnographic study. We will consider the ways in which different discourse and practices create specific types of childhoods. By exploring the stories we tell about childhood and comparing the lived experience of children as active agents across sociocultural and historical contexts, we can think critically about this stage. The class also explores how transnational and global forces draw children into different practices. What can we say about children as victims, social actors and contributors to their world? Through classic texts such as Jean Briggs’ *Inuit Morality Play: The Emotional Education of a Three-Year Old* or Margaret Mead’s classic *Growing up in New Guinea: A Comparative Study of Primitive Education,* anthropology provides us rich descriptions of children in their sociocultural world. More contemporary ethnographies explore how children are taught their ""place in the world"" and how their bodies are policed and disciplined Among the issues we will explore are race, class, and gender; normative expectations; and the ways in which children are policed and punished. We will consider writings around child soldiers, child migrants and child sex workers as growing transnational phenomena and examine how our prevailing ideologies influence well-meaning interventions developed to address children’s needs, but which can fail in the context of communities with radically different ideas around these needs and roles.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:35am 12/6/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/23/2020 - 5/7/2020