Category Archives: 2004

Childhoods in Place and Placeless Childhoods: An Historical Geography of Young People In Yorkville and East Harlem 1940-2000

This dissertation provides an analysis of how young people’s everyday lives outside of school in Yorkville and East Harlem have changed from the 1940s until present time, and what factors contribute to consistencies or differences in young people’s use and experience of their local environment. This research seeks to contribute to … Continue Reading ››

Water, sanitation and urban children: The need to go beyond “improved” provision

This paper reviews the implications of inadequate provi- sion of water and sanitation for children’s health and general development, especially in urban areas. Research into health differentials shows that child mortality and morbidity rates in poor urban settlements can equal or exceed those in rural areas. This review considers, in particular, the higher vulner- ability … Continue Reading ››

An historical analysis of young people’s use of public space, parks and playgrounds in New York City

In this paper I present childhood biographies of three people who grew up in or near a public housing development located on the border between the contrasting communities of Yorkville and East Harlem in New York City. Stories of their middle childhood (ages 11-13) poignantly capture the social and spatial evolution of play … Continue Reading ››

Block politics

This paper explores how young people have experienced everyday life on ‘the block’ in a racially diverse lower to working class community in New York City over time, a concept that I refer to as block politics. Broadly defined, block politics refers to the process in which young people's territories are socially conceived, … Continue Reading ››

Everyone Counts: Dalit Children and Education

This report describes some Save the Children US programs in Siraha, Nepal, and their effectiveness in improving educational opportunities and success for children in excluded dalit (untouchable) caste groups. It looks at the advantages of supports targeted specifically at dalits, and compares them to more broadly targeted efforts to improve … Continue Reading ››