Growing up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children's Everyday Lives / Edition 1

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Overview


"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816642106
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 869,583
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Cindi Katz is professor of geography in the Environmental Psychology and Women’s Studies Programs at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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Table of Contents

1 A child's day in Howa 3
2 The political economy and ecology of Howa Village 23
3 Children's work and play 59
4 Knowing subjects/abstracting knowledge 109
5 Disrupted landscapes of production and reproduction 134
6 New York parallax; or, you can't drive a Chevy through a post-Fordist landscape 155
7 Howa at the end of the millennium 185
8 The strange familiar 225
9 Negotiating the recent future 239
App Children's work 261
Glossary : colloquial Sudanese Arabic terms 265
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