Toward a Feminist Anthropology of Childhood

  • Jane Helleiner University of Toronto
Keywords: Childhood, Anthropology,


Beginning with the author's experience of joining a Child and Youth Studies department as a feminist anthropologist, the paper reviews the historically weak links between feminism, anthropology and child research. It then draws attention to a newer sociology and anthropology of childhood that is more closely engaged with feminism. Examples of anthropological work that foreground gendered children are used to prompt a re-visiting of the authors' own anthropological work on Irish Travelling People, and to demonstrate the possibilities of a feminist anthropology of childhood.
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