Category Archives: New Books

New titles on children, young people and families

​Edited by Guðný Björk Eydal and​ Tine Rostgaard​
In this topical book, expert scholars from the Nordic countries, the UK and the US demonstrate how modern fatherhood is supported in Nordic countries through family and social policies, and how these shape and influence the images, roles and practices of fathers in a diversity of family settings and variations of fatherhoods.

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New Release: Child Domestic Work in Nigeria

Child Domestic Work in Nigeria: Conditions of Socialisation and Measures of Intervention

by Ina Gankam Tambo

Historisch-vergleichende Sozialisations- und Bildungsforschung, Band 13, 2014, 384 Seiten, broschiert, € 39,90, ISBN 978-3-8309-3141-6, E-Book: € 35,99, ISBN 978-3-8309-8141-1; New York & Münster: Waxmann-Verlag.

For the last two decades, child domestic work carried out in Nigeria as well as in other countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, has been given increasing attention by international policy makers and scientists. Yet, the research mainly focuses on the living and working conditions of these children, which also forms part of this book. However, in addition, political and pedagogical measures of intervention employed on international, national and local levels on child domestic work are also at the centre of analysis. Against the background of post-colonial theory the author studies the effects of social modernisation in Nigeria as a rapidly growing national economy on child domestic work and historically
retraces the origins of this form of child work back to indigenous modes of socialisation and social security within the (pre-colonial) Nigerian extended family network. The research is based on field work in Nigeria, including interviews and documentary analysis.

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New Book: Innocent Weapons

19781469618579Innocent Weapons: The Soviet and American Politics of Childhood in the Cold War

by Margaret Peacock

UNC Press (2014)

Innocent Weapons is a transnational history of the image of the child from 1945 to 1968. It explores the abundance of childhood images that Soviet and American politicians, propagandists, and protesters manufactured for the purpose of building international and domestic consensus for the Cold War. It examines how these efforts ironically led to a collapse of that consensus in the late 1960s as well as a fundamental shift in American and Soviet understandings of childhood. The book argues that leaders and propagandists in the United States and the Soviet Union used images of children in comparable ways to rally their populations behind their domestic and international policies, to pursue popular consensus, and to ensure the preservation of public order. When one reads the story of the Cold War through the lens of the child’s image, the ideological differences that seemingly differentiated the Eastern Bloc from the Western Sphere are tempered by the revelation that Soviet and American leaders and propagandists were in fact engaging in similar visual and rhetorical projects in order to sell a war, to preserve power, to justify policy, and to maintain order. These portrayals, which span the ideological and geographic boundaries of the conflict, reveal a story in which the producers of these images had more in common with each other than they did with their intended audiences. By viewing the Cold War as a dialectic between those who owned the means of image production and the intended consumers of those images, this story suggests that we must reexamine our previous understandings of the divides that defined the war itself.


New Book: The Government of Childhood


The Government of Childhood:
Discourse, Power and Subjectivity

by Karen M. Smith

2014 – Palgrave Macmillan
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Invitation to Book Reading – Wed. 10/22 at UMBC

ProductImageHandler.ashxPlease join us on Wednesday, October 22nd, 4:00-5:30pm in the University of Maryland – Baltimore County Library Gallery for: 
“Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village”: Reading, Book Signing, and Reception with UMBC Anthropologist Bambi Chapin.

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