Making use of videotaped interactions of lunchtime conversations among multi-ethnic preadolescent peers (based on three years of fieldwork in LA) this ethnographically based study investigates the embodied language practices through which girls construct friendship alliances as well as relationships of power and exclusion. Girls display “best friend” relations not only through roles they select in dramatic play, such as twins married to twins in “house,” but also through embraces and celebratory handclaps that affirm alliances. Older (sixth grade) girls assert their power with respect to younger fourth grade girls through intrusive activities such as grabbing food from lunchboxes, insults, and instigating gossip; younger girls boldly resist such actions through fully embodied stances. Relations of exclusion are visible not only in seating arrangements of a marginalized “tagalong” girl with respect to the friendship clique, but also highlighted in the ways she is differentially treated when an implicit social norm is violated.
Fatuma Chege, Lucy Maina, Claudia Mitchell, and Margot Rothman
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (article 27) every child has the right to a standard of living adequate for the realization of her or his physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development. Adequate housing, food and clothing underpin the adequacy of a child’s standard of living. UNICEF estimated nearly ten years ago that one out of every three children, or 640 million children around the world, live in inadequate housing (Bellamy: 2005). Despite this commitment to child rights, little appears to be documented on the safety and security of children with regard to housing generally, and, more specifically, housing in slums or informal settlements: urban growth in the Global South is set to be virtually synonymous with the expansion of slums and informal settlements, and, seven years ago, there were 199 million slum dwellers in Africa alone (Tibajuka 2007). It is impossible, then, to address violence against children and the related issues of child protection, without taking into account the importance of adequate housing, and the significance of what goes on inside houses: the inclusion of the voices of children themselves, currently woefully unheard, is critical.
Sarah E. Whitney
inspirational personality ( Davis 2016 ; Decaille 2017 ; Holloway 2017 ). While in office, Michelle Obama led a Let Girls Learn 5 initiative, blending diplomatic outreach, skills training, food assistance, and local programs offering alternatives to child
A Success Story?
Mercedes González de la Rocha and Agustín Escobar Latapí
, the household was enrolled in the PROGRESA 2 program. This meant that her mother received a bi-monthly grant that had to be devoted to Martina’s education, in addition to a food transfer for the entire family. Admittedly, it was a small school grant
The Girl in the Text in Olemaun’s Residential School Narratives
their histories, traditions, and cultures; inadequate food and poor education; and violence and suffering. In each narrative, the author counters these colonial oppressions with the child protagonist’s methods of resistance. Sterling’s personal
of girlhood through such topics as food, sexuality, popular culture, images, literacy, and trauma. The book is divided into two sections. Drawing on Davies and Gannon (2006) , the first section introduces collective biography as a flexible and
Global Narratives of Girls at Risk and Celebrity Philanthropy
interventions, such as insisting a local kiosk vendor be asked about purchases. Olivia Wilde looks on as the vendor replies that men buy soda for themselves, and women buy yogurt and other food to feed their families. Indeed, Kristof is the most prominent
14 Young Women Speak Out
). Happy Mthethwa tells us about how little food she could afford. “I would wake up at 02.00, boil eggs and cook pap [stiff porridge] … to last the whole week (49). However, these young women now realize that poverty does not define who they are. Zamahlubi
Spectacle and Spectatorship in The Hunger Games
food or medicine that are delivered into the arena. This means that the success of a tribute is not dependent solely on her or his survival or killing skills but is also reliant on how favored each is by the audience and the life-saving gifts each
Reading the Self into Girlfriendship
social. Here, reading, as a social practice, produces the self as part of a larger public tethered to a common position in affects and discourses of femininity. Consider the post below: “When I’m shoveling food in my face and someone cute walks by