‘The Kids Are in Charge’ but ‘Adults Talk Too Much’: Age and Power in Peru’s Movement of Working Children

Development Research Seminar by Professor Jessica Taft
Professor Jessica Taft
Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz Profile Professor Jessica Taft
Tuesday 3 May 2022, 16:00 - 17:00
Spoken Language
International Institute of Social Studies
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Hybrid. Please contact Jessica Pernozzoli at pernozzoli@iss.nl if you would like to attend this seminar wither online or in-person.

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Jessica K. Taft

In this seminar, Professor Jessica Taft traces the complex dynamics of age-based power that emerge in the Peruvian movement of working children

Since 1976, the Peruvian movement of working children has put forward a radical reimagining of children’s place in politics and society. It has argued strongly for children’s fundamental equality with adults and for more horizontal intergenerational relationships.

Drawing on ethnographic observation and in-depth interviews, this talk traces the complex dynamics of age-based power that emerge in this unique social movement. It examines how adults, adolescents and children understand the meaning of age categories, and how these categories shape the processes by which they make decisions, organize the movement’s activities, and influence each other.

Through exploring the contours of age and power in this specific case, the seminar will draw larger conclusions about the promise and difficulty of building intergenerational social movements.

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The seminar will be chaired by Dr Kristen Cheney.

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