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Growing Up and Getting By

International Perspectives on Childhood and Youth in Hard Times

Edited by John Horton, Helena Pimlott-Wilson and Sarah Hall


28 Apr 2021

Page count

304 pages




234 x 156 mm


Policy Press
Growing Up and Getting By

This book gives voice to children, young people and families at the sharp end of contemporary processes of neoliberalism, austerity and crises in diverse global contexts.

Bringing together new, multi-disciplinary research, it explores how children, young people and families experience and cope with situations of socio-economic poverty and precarity across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

It looks at how contemporary contexts of neoliberalism, austerity and economic crisis impact upon children, young people and families, evidencing the multiple harms and inequalities caused by these processes.

Examining the ways that children, young people and families ‘get by’ under these challenging circumstances, it shows how they care for one another and envisage more hopeful socio-political futures.

Prof. John Horton is based in the Faculty of Education and Humanities at the University of Northampton, UK.

Dr. Helena Pimlott-Wilson is Lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University, UK, with interests in the ‘Geographies of Children, Youth and Families’ and work and employment.

Dr. Sarah Marie Hall is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester, UK.

Section 1: Introduction;

Introduction ~ John Horton, Helena Pimlott-Wilson, Sarah Marie Hall;

Section 2: Transformations;

Tackling family poverty: in the best interests of children? ~ John McKendrick;

Spatial entitlement in an era of neo-liberal educational marketization – Inner city elite schools and the relationally defined counterparts (Sweden) ~ Eric Larsson and Elisabeth Hultqvist;

Seasonal migration to Lima: Exclusion and opportunity? ~ Dena Aufseeser;

Night-time geography and neoliberalism: a study of sleepless youth and their practices at 24-hour-cafés in Seoul (South Korea) ~ Jonghee Lee;

‘Live like a college student’: Student Loan Debt and the College Experience (USA) ~ Denise Goersich;

Section 3: Intersections/Inequalities;

State, economic crises and the necessity of social reproduction: negotiated and constrained interdependencies ~ Michael Boampong;

Negotiating Social and Familial Norms: Women's Labour Experiences in Rural Bangladesh and North India ~ Heather Piggott;

Changing Definitions of (Child) Poverty: The Contested Spaces of Childhood and the Family In UK Austerity Politics ~ Jacob Breslow and Aura Lehtonen;

Learning to Pay: the financialization of childhood;

Masculinity and Intergenerational Mobility in Recessionary Times: The Case of Filipino-Canadian Male Youth Outcomes ~ Philip Kelly;

Relational ecologies of care-experienced youth and the politicised ‘border’ of successful and failed transitions: the policy omnipresence of reaching ‘adult independence’ (UK and Australia) ~ Caroline Cresswell;

Section 4: Futures;

Looking Towards the Future: Young Colombians’ Aspirations and Social Mobility Boundaries ~ Sonja Marzi;

“My aim is to take over Zane Lowe”: Young People’s Imagined Futures at a Community Radio Station (UK) ~ Catherine Wilkinson;

Self-cultivating financial citizenship: A case of a campus-based credit union movement in Taiwan ~ Hao-Che Fei and Chiung-wen Chang;

Section 5 – Concluding reflections;

Reflections ~ John Horton, Helena Pimlott-Wilson, Sarah Marie Hall.