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Mobilizing Ideas/”Millennials and Activism”

I recently participated in an essay dialogue at Mobilizing Ideas on “Millennials and Activism.”  While I don’t usually take up a generational lens in my work (focusing more on the identity categories of youth/girl/child/adult), it was a good opportunity to think a bit about the ways that generational categories get used in conjunction with ideas… Continue Reading Mobilizing Ideas/”Millennials and Activism”

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Supporting working children as social, political, and economic agents

This spring I wrote a short piece for Open Democracy about the movement of working children and how they seek to support them as social, political, and economic actors.

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Bolivia and the successes of NATs

The movements of working children in Bolivia have recently made international news for their productive meeting with President Evo Morales, after which he made an official statement that “child labor should not be banned.”   Responding to a legislative proposal to ban all children under the age of fourteen from any kind of work, Morales… Continue Reading Bolivia and the successes of NATs

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About Jessica

Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at University of California at Santa Cruz. Ethnographer. Writes about childhood and youth, social movements, globalization, and gender.