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The Invisibility of Children. Papers presented at an international conference on anthropology and children, May, 1997
London, UK.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
1998 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Although an increasing number of studies on children in non-Western and Western contexts have been conducted during the last twenty years, the field of anthropology and children still remains at an early stage. On the 5th and 6th of May, 1997, the Department of Child Studies (Linkoping University, Sweden) organised an international two-day conference called the "Invisibility of Children".

The Department of Child Studies is very grateful to Jens Aagaard-Hansen, Pia Christensen, Eva van Hirsch, Don Kulick, Jean La Fontaine, 01ga Nieuwenhuys, Karin Nonnan, Alan Praut, and Christina Toren for agreeing to participate in the conference. Their papers concerned children's agency, local assumptions about children, and methodological and theoretical questions with respect to anthropological studies on children. All the papers appearing in tltis publication were read at the conference.

Unfommately, not all the papers presented at the conference could be included in tllis publication. Don Kulick's paper on \Vestem understandings of adolescence as related to interpretations of Brazilian transvestites' memories of their early sexual experiences was committed to the Journal of American Anthropologist (Kulick 1997; see also Kulick 1998). Alan Prout's paper on a theory of social structure with regard to studies on children in \Vestem societies is being prepared for publication elsewhere. Christina Toren's paper on children's cognition and the human "embodied mind" was already conunitted to the Journal ofthe Royal Anthropological Institute (Toren in press).

The organisers of the conference and the editors of this publication wish to express their gratitude to all contributors for presenting papers at the conference and/or for producing written papers for this publication. Don Kulick, Jean La Fontaine, Armika Rabo, and Bengt Sandin are acknowledged for chairing sessions at the conference. All the participants of the conference are thanked for providing stimulating discussions on the field of anthropology and children .

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 1998. , 104 p.
Working papers on childhood and the study of children, ISSN 1104-6929 ; 1998:6
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-75956ISBN: 91-7219-423-5OAI: diva2:510945
Confenrence organised by Tema Barn, Linköping University, 5th and 6th of May, 1998, Available from: 2012-03-19 Created: 2012-03-19 Last updated: 2012-03-19Bibliographically approved

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