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Growing Up Global : Economic Restructuring and Children's Everyday Lives - Cindi Katz

Growing Up Global

Economic Restructuring and Children's Everyday Lives

Hardcover Published: 12th November 2004
ISBN: 9780816642090
Number Of Pages: 330

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"Brilliant and intimate. The book is an eloquent rendition of the expansive spatial abstractions and mimetic revolutionary re-imagination it proposes." -"Social and Cultural Geography" "Growing Up Global" examines the processes of development and global change through the perspective of children's lives in two seemingly disparate places: New York City and a village in northern Sudan. At the book's core is a longitudinal ethnographic study of children growing up in a Sudanese village that was included in a large state-sponsored agricultural program in the year they were born. It follows a small number of children intermittently from ten years of age to early adulthood, concentrating particularly on their work and play, which together trained the children for an agrarian life centered around the family, a life that was quickly becoming obsolete. Shifting her focus to largely working-class families in New York City in the 1980s and 1990s, Katz is able to expose unsuspected connections with the Sudanese experience in the effects on children of a constantly changing, capitalist environment--the decline of manufacturing jobs and the increase in knowledge-based jobs--in which young people with few skills and stunted educations face bleak employment prospects. In teasing out how "development" transforms the grounds on which these young people come of age, Cindi Katz provides a textured analysis of the importance of knowledge in the ability of people, families, and communities to reproduce themselves and their material social practices over time.

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"Growing up Global is a provocative account of development and global change through the perspective of children's lives. . . . This book and the critical geography it represents are a remarkable effort to bridge two seemingly different worlds in both time and space." -Annals of the Association of American Geographers
"An eloquently prosaic, and readable narrative, effortlessly interweaving theoretical reflection with thick description. Katz beautifully exercises the craft of an ethnographer. This text provides a substantial and worthwhile analysis of the workings of globalization and its local impacts. Everyone should read this." -Children's Geographies

A child's day in Howap. 3
The political economy and ecology of Howa Villagep. 23
Children's work and playp. 59
Knowing subjects/abstracting knowledgep. 109
Disrupted landscapes of production and reproductionp. 134
New York parallax; or, you can't drive a Chevy through a post-Fordist landscapep. 155
Howa at the end of the millenniump. 185
The strange familiarp. 225
Negotiating the recent futurep. 239
Children's workp. 261
Glossary : colloquial Sudanese Arabic termsp. 265
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ISBN: 9780816642090
ISBN-10: 0816642095
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 12th November 2004
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.73

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