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Rethinking Children's Independent Mobility

Revealing Cultures of Children's Agentic and Imaginative Mobilities through Emil and the Detectives

Lesley Murray

The concept of “children's independent mobility,” which originates in a study carried out between 1971 and 1990, underpins much of the research on children's mobilities. The study used particular criteria, based on parental determination of children's abilities and freedoms, to construct a notion of independence. This article contributes to previous work challenging the assumptions underlying this conceptualization of independence and suggests a rethinking of children's mobilities to more firmly incorporate children's agency and imagination. It does so first by critically reviewing existing scholarship and second by engaging with an example of a fictional story, Emil and the Detectives, which itself sets out to privilege both of these key aspects of children's mobilities.

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Nadine Feyder

In the Human Development Report of 2010, 135 countries representing 92% of the world population had a higher Human Development Index than in the 1970s. Three countries were an exception to the rule: Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As it celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence, the DRC rates itself 168th out of a total of 169 countries on the Human Development Index scale.

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Laborers, Migrants, Refugees

Managing Belonging, Bodies, and Mobility in (Post)Colonial Kenya and Tanzania

Hanno Brankamp and Patricia Daley

, migration regimes in the two neighboring countries are especially noteworthy, because they share a history of British colonial rule, both transitioned into postcolonial one-party states, yet chose diverging developmental paths after independence (2007: 2

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Human rights-based service delivery

Assessing the role of national human rights institutions in democracy and development in Ghana and Uganda

Richard Iroanya, Patrick Dzimiri, and Edith Phaswana

preservation of the autonomous status of NHRIs is critical because it ensures that chances of collusion with the executive branch of state governments to undermine human rights of citizens are precluded or considerably reduced. Similarly, independence from NGOs

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Sabina Barone and Mehdi Alioua

between North and Sub-Saharan Africa, but also because of Africans themselves. There was a very clear break that occurred at the time of independence. For North Africa, Pan-Arabism is the dominant ideology that has enabled a sense of belonging and has

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Imagining Futures of Energy

Views from Central Asia

Markus S. Schulz

experienced remarkable economic growth for most of the quarter century since its independence, though recent price declines shrank it to merely 1 percent, 5 thus narrowing leverage for poverty reduction and increasing pressures for economic diversification

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Ocean, Motion, Emotion

Mobilities and Mobilizations in the Pacific

Matt Matsuda

Line Islands were used during the Cold War for nuclear weapons testing. In the decolonizing Pacific, independence in the 1970s brought self-government but also separation and claims for autonomy between different island groups. Marine products

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Cotten Seiler

shortly after the achievement of independence had a consanguinary whiteness, understood as European heritage, at its heart. Key moments in this process of demarcation include the 1790 Naturalization Act, which expressly limited citizenship to “free white

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From the Auto-mobile to the Driven Subject?

Discursive Assertions of Mobility Futures

Katharina Manderscheid

, independence, and power, as well as risk and adventure. On this token, there seems to be a strong association between car driving and hegemonic masculinity, 31 with control of technology being an important element of the construction of male identities. 32

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Listening with Displacement

Sound, Citizenship, and Disruptive Representations of Migration

Tom Western

Athens as an aural borderland. Eleni Bastéa (2000) traces the “orchestration” of the city following its installation as capital upon Greek independence from Ottoman rule in the 1830s. This orchestration was an attempt to construct homogenous national