generations of students, their life histories and ways of organizing, this article first reveals the diminishing access to class mobility through the local university, as the homeland no longer holds the promise of a well-connected and upwardly mobile
Class mobility and the reproduction of academics in Burkina Faso
Perspectives from postsocialist Europe and beyond
Haldis Haukanes and Susanna Trnka
The last two decades have witnessed a phenomenal expansion of scholarly work on collective memory. Simultaneously, increasing anthropological attention is being paid to collective visions of the future, albeit through a range of disparate literatures on topics including development, modernity and risk, the imagination, and, perhaps ironically, nostalgia. In this introduction to this special section, we bring together analyses of postsocialist visions of pasts and futures to shed light upon the cultural scripts and social processes through which different temporal visions are ascribed collective meaning, employed in the creation of shared and personal identities, and used to galvanize social and political action.
Priests, Parishioners, and the Catholic Church in New Spain
clergy. The Inquisition trial of Father María García is a provocative entry point from which to analyze the multiple meanings and possibilities of cross-generational sex in the Spanish colonial world, as the trial gives us a window into age
power and the positionality of the researcher. The rest of this article addresses the task of continuing a conversation about decolonizing feminism across generations and moments within the larger horizon of the #MeToo moment. Intersectional
From Euskara as Counterculture to Euskara as the Classroom Language
-speaking community of Zenbat Gara. They are both active users and even promotors of the language. However, as they represent different generations of New Basques, the paths that led them there are very different. The following descriptions are adaptions from
Symbols and Lived Experiences in Caribbean Migration to the UK
Huon Wardle and Laura Obermuller
2018, the year when UK notions of sovereignty were thrown into question by “Brexit,” was also the year “the Windrush generation” and “the hostile environment” suddenly became everyday symbols in the British news cycle—keywords in a battle over the
Z. Hidayat and Debra Hidayat
derived from the informal education of users of livestreaming. It addresses culture, defined as a particular way of life in a given historical period, which produces signs and artifacts that can be transmitted to later generations via information products
An Exploration of European Research Drivers in Central Slovakia
This article presents some findings from the ethnography exploration of priority research in the European Research Area. The title of the priority is ‘Connecting People with Heritage’. The Old Generation and Generation Y are the drivers contained in the document’s strategic research agenda (SRA). The research has been conducted by European experts within the Joint Program Initiative in Cultural Heritage (JPI CH). Revitalisation of local society is related to sustainability of specific local forms of culture. The demographic changes, mobility and new forms of cultural transfer are only some of the phenomena affecting generational transmission in the local culture. Both generations are dissimilar in their attitudes to roles and values in the local culture. Generational interactions in a living form of intangible culture in central Slovakia exemplify its significance for anthropology.
Research into the religious beliefs and behaviors of children, young people, adults, and elderly people prompts questions about the way “generation” is understood in the social scientific study of religion. What seem to the researcher at first to be shared values and beliefs on broad moral issues appear, at least to older people, to be lacking amongst the young. Such a difference in perception could be an example of a “generation” gap where generation is perceived by theorists such as Mannheim to be a shared identity of people who have a social history in common. Extensive literature in both anthropology and sociology is explored to find how such concepts are understood and operationalized. Detailed ethnography amongst elderly Anglican women begins to problematize how such notions as boundaries of “generation” blur with gender.
Lucy D. Curzon
Ann Travers. 2018. The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution. New York: New York University Press.
Ann Travers’s new book, The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution (hereafter The Trans Generation) is a highly persuasive investigation that sheds much-needed scholarly light on a grossly marginalized, precarious community. Travers interviewed 36 transgender children, and many of their parents, to reveal the challenges they face in everyday use of bathrooms, locker rooms, and other rigidly gendered spaces, as well as in interactions with friends, parents, and siblings, as well as schools, and local and state or provincial governments. Apart from the scope of this study, what is remarkable about The Trans Generation is its accessibility. Instead of presenting a quantitative analysis, which can be alienating to readers outside academia, Travers offers an exhaustive qualitative study parsed in highly thoughtful, eloquent, and open terms—one that prizes the individuality, indeed the knowableness, of each child interviewed. And, although The Trans Generation is not explicitly dedicated to discussions of girlhood, the focus of this journal, it nonetheless offers, I argue, valuable new paradigms or strategies for thinking about girls’ lives and identities.