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Feminism and the Politics of Childhood

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Feminism and the Politics of Childhood explores commonalities and conflicts between the various forms of feminism and the politics of childhood. This innovative collection introduces authors from a range of geographical contexts, social science disciplines, activist organizations, and theoretical perspectives. The wide variety of subjects covered includes refugee camps, care labor, family violence, and childhood education. Taken together, the contributions provide ways to conceptualize relations between women and children, addressing injustices faced by both groups.

308 pages | 22 illustrations | 6.14 x 9.21 | © 2018

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"Fabrizia Serafim welcomes the collection for providing a range of alternative theoretical constructs and practical examples of thinking relations with complexity"

LSE Review of Books

"A politically, academically and ethically astute book."

International Research Society for Children’s Literature

Table of Contents

"The woman– child question: A dialogue in the borderlands
Rosen and Katherine Twamley

Section 1 Tense Encounters: Gender and Generation

1. A necessary struggle- in- relation?
Erica Burman
2. Working- class women and children in Grassroots Women
Merryn Edwards
3. When the rights of the children prevail over the rights of their caretakers: A case study in the community homes of Bogotá, Colombia
Susana Borda Carulla
4. Thinking through childhood and maternal studies: A feminist encounter
Rachel Thomson and Lisa Baraitser
5. Notes on unlearning: Our feminisms, their childhoods
Debolina Dutta and Oishik Sircar
6. Ideal women, invisible girls? The challenges of/ to feminist solidarity in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps
Elena Fiddian- Qasmiyeh
7. A ‘sort of sanctuary’
An interview with Liz Clegg by Rachel Rosen
Section 2 Life’s Work

8. Love, labour and temporality: Reconceptualising social reproduction with women and children in the frame 117
Rachel Rosen and Jan Newberry
9. Caring labour as the basis for movement building
An interview with Selma James by Rachel Rosen
10. Care labour as temporal vulnerability in woman– child relations
Gina Crivello and Patricia Espinoza-Revollo
11. International commercial surrogacy: Beyond feminist conundrums and the child as product
Kristen Cheney
12. Stratified maternity in the barrio: Mothers and children in Argentine social programs
Valeria Llobet and Nara Milanich
13. Decolonising childrearing and challenging the patriarchal nuclear family through Indigenous knowledges: An Opokaa’sin project
Tanya Pace- Crosschild
Section 3 Political Projects and Movement Building

14. ‘Too Young to Wed’: Envisioning a ‘generous encounter’ between feminism and the politics of childhood
Virginia Caputo
15. Feminists’ strategic role in early childhood education
Sri Marpinjun, Nindyah Rengganis, Yudha Andri Riyanto and Fransisca Yuni Dhamayanti
16. ‘Gimme shelter’? Complicating responses to family violence
Sevasti- Melissa Nolas, Erin Sanders- McDonagh and Lucy Neville
17. Becoming- woman, becoming- child: A joint political programme
Ohad Zehavi
18. Feminist intuitions in Peru’s Movement of Working Children
A dialogue between Alejandro Cussianovich Villaran and Jessica Taft"

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