The Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG) of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) provides a forum for the increasing number of anthropologists and other researchers broadly concerned with children and childhood. It serves as an arena in which scholars in this area can develop ideas, network, and share resources.

ACYIG also seeks to raise awareness regarding the important contributions of this growing field and it does this by, among other things, sponsoring sessions for the Annual Meeting of the AAA and distributing a biennial newsletter.

ACYIG goals include:

  • To promote and facilitate the development of anthropological scholarship pertaining specifically to children and childhood, broadly defined, and to emphasize its relationship to the development of inclusive, comparative theoretical models, as well as fieldwork methodology, for the discipline of anthropology;
  • To encourage research with child-focused perspectives which emphasize the centrality of children in cultural production, not only as objects of socialization but as social agents in their own right;
  • To engage researchers in discussion of ethical considerations particular to working with children;
  • To contribute anthropological knowledge to the interdisciplinary efforts to address the contemporary problems facing children and to establish links with other professional associations concerned with the study of children and childhood for professional collaboration in teaching, research, and scholarship;
  • To promote the professional interests of members and help produce the next generation of anthropologists whose work will influence policy in both governmental and nongovernmental agencies concerned with children’s issues.


ACYIG membership is free to members of the AAA. Just check the ACYIG interest group box when renewing or beginning your membership. For further information, go to the AAA membership page.

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In addition to this website, a listserv facilitates communication among the approximately 1500 ACYIG members. You may join the listserv by following the instructions found here. The list name is ACIG-L.

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