Anthropology of Children and Youth Network
The Anthropology of Children and Youth Network was formed in March 2012. The Network brings together academics and practitioners engaged in research and work with children and youth. To-date it has organised monthly seminars promoting child- and youth-oriented theory, methodology, and research ethics; and it has served as a platform for (interdisciplinary) academic research and enhances dialogue with practitioners through joint research projects, publications and conferences.
The impetus to form this Network (and the preceding Working Group) in June 2009, is the neglect of the voices, perceptions and realities of children and youth in research and practice. In anthropological writings, young people have commonly been depicted as objects rather than agents in processes of socialisation and, as a consequence, as unreliable or insignificant informants. It is our epistemological stance that children and youth are simultaneously socialised in their local social and cultural settings, and act as constructors of social environments and interpreters of culture. The concepts of children and youth are defined within their relational, cultural and local contexts in which age ranges and characteristics of who are considered to be children and youth vary.
- Through monthly seminars, the Network promotes child- and youth-oriented theory, methodology, and research ethics;
- The Network wishes to inspire (interdisciplinary) academic research and enhance dialogue with practitioners through joint research projects, publications and conferences;
- The Network is meant to promote children- and youth-oriented approaches to children and youth studies and to develop theory useful to e.g. cognitive and social sciences, with an accent on anthropology;
- The Network is committed to discussing and developing methodologies oriented towards children and youth;
- Ethical issues concerning research and work with children and youth are at the core of our attention.
Organisation and coordination
The Network holds monthly seminars and coordinates other forms of exchange (website, mailing list and newsletters).
The network has over 400 members, among whom are are many anthropologists labouring for the integration of the anthropology of children and youth into mainstream anthropology. While the network grew out of a Working Group based in the Netherlands, many European scholars have been involved from its inception. If you are interested to join the network, please contact the network convenors.
Élodie Razy (Associate Professor, Université de Liège, Belgium) and Charles-Édouard de Suremain (Researcher, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France)