Feminism and the Politics of Childhood

Friends or Foes?

Edited by Rachel Rosen and Katherine Twamley


ISBN: 9781787350632

Publication: February 22, 2018

What is this?

Feminism and the Politics of Childhood offers an innovative and critical exploration of perceived commonalities and conflicts between women and children and, more broadly, between various forms of feminism and the politics of childhood. This unique collection of 18 chapters brings into dialogue authors from a range of geographical contexts, social science disciplines, activist organisations, and theoretical perspectives. The wide variety of subjects include refugee camps, care labour, domestic violence and childcare and education.

Chapter authors focus on local contexts as well as their global interconnections, and draw on diverse theoretical traditions such as poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, posthumanism, postcolonialism, political economy, and the ethics of care. Together the contributions offer new ways to conceptualise relations between women and children, and to address injustices faced by both groups.

Praise for Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or Foes?

‘This book is genuinely ground-breaking.’ ‒ Val Gillies, University of Westminster

Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or Foes? asks an impossible question, and then casts prismatic light on all corners of its impossibility.’ ‒ Cindi Katz, CUNY

‘This provocative and stimulating publication comes not a day too soon.’ ‒ Gerison Lansdown, Child to Child

‘A smart, innovative, and provocative book.’ ‒ Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University

‘This volume raises and addresses issues so pressing that it is surprising they are not already at the heart of scholarship.’ ‒ Ann Phoenix, UCL

Katherine Twamley is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Department of Social Science at the UCL Institute of Education.

Rachel Rosen is Senior Lecturer in Childhood in the Department of Social Science at the UCL Institute of Education.

The woman– child question: A dialogue in the borderlands
Rachel 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
Feminist intuitions in Peru’s Movement of Working Children
A dialogue between Alejandro Cussianovich Villaran and Jessica Taft

'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

Format: Open Access PDF

ISBN: 9781787350632

Publication: February 22, 2018

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