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Parent Education & Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Parent Education May Be a Risk Factor for Measles and other Vaccine Preventable Childhood Diseases

by Elisa (EJ) Sobo

We may not be able to legislate a shift in parenting style, or to mitigate the income gap that provides some with more privilege than others, including access to higher education. But we can build a strong national curriculum for information and scientific literacy into all bachelor’s programs. Doing so may be one of the soundest public health investments we can make.

“Nothing screams ‘privilege’ louder than ostentatiously refusing something that those less privileged wish to have.” So writes Dr. Amy Tuteur in a provocative piece regarding “anti-vaccine” parents.


Yet, the recent Disneyland measles outbreak wasn’t driven simply by “conspicuous non-consumption.” Privilege may be necessary to vaccine refusal or delay, but it isn’t sufficient. The minor trend toward non-vaccination among tiny subgroups of the elite that fueled it may actually be (in part) an artifact of exceptionally high self-confidence rather than simply privilege. Let me explain by telling you about two research projects.
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ACYIG Newsletter highlights—Taking your children to the field

Check out the column “Accompanied Fieldwork with an Exceptional Child” in our newest ACYIG Newsletter (p. 9-10) for suggestions on how to do fieldwork with a son or daughter who has autism:

Interested in sharing your own experience? You can find the submission guidelines at and contact Editor Kate Grim-Feinberg at with any questions.

CFP: Children’s Experiences with Global Health

Call for papers – Panel at the 2015 MAGic Conference
Anthropology and Global Health: Interrogating Theory, Policy, and Practice
Sussex, UK – September 9-11, 2015

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CSCY Postgraduate Summer School 15-16 July

5th International CSCY Summer School for Postgraduate Students

Wednesday 15 – Thursday 16 July 2015
ICOSS, 219 Portobello, Sheffield, UK

This exciting two day international summer school is for post-graduate students working in the area of childhood and youth. The workshops and networking sessions will be of interest for students about to embark on research and for those who are preparing their dissertations.


Professor Allison James, Sociology: ‘Personalising children’s lives: reflections on childhood research’

Professor Kate Pahl, Education: ‘Co-production in practice: the processes and practices of research without a map’ Continue reading CSCY Postgraduate Summer School 15-16 July

Check out ACYIG’s new YouTube channel – Great teaching resources and more!

We’re pleased to announce that we now have a dedicated ACYIG YouTube Channel. This will house different playlists of videos related to the anthropology of childhood and youth. We hope this will be a really useful resource for research and for teaching.

Please subscribe to the channel by clicking here:

Or search for “ACYIG AAA” on YouTube!

If you have suggestions for video content to be included on the channel, please email ACYIG’s social media coordinator at: