Corinne T. Field on “boomerang kids”

Corinne T. Field, author of The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, Age, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America. In the fight for equality, early feminists often cited the infantilization of women and men of color as a method used to keep them out of power. Field argues that attaining adulthood—and the associated political rights, economic opportunities, and sexual power that come with it—became a common goal for both white and African American feminists between the American Revolution and the Civil War. The idea that black men and all women were more like children than adult white men proved difficult to overcome, however, and continued to serve as a foundation for racial and sexual inequality for generations.

In the following post, Field addresses recent media attention on “boomerang kids” who return home to live with their parents after graduating from college (often with a lot of student debt).

http://uncpressblog.com/2014/06/27/corinne-t-field-boomerang-kids-and-the-political-history-of-adulthood/

Africa Focus: a Primary Source Collection

Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent brings together an array of primary source materials related to the study of forty-five different countries. The collection features still images (photographs and slides) and audio recordings only, providing rich non-written sources for study and teaching. There are two search options: a thematic or subject search and a guided (more advanced) search.

For a complete website review, see Children & Youth in History. The website is available at http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/AfricaFocus.

Ukiyo-e: a Search Engine for Japanese Woodblock Prints

Ukiyo-e is a dynamic research tool where researchers can search through over 213,000 Japanese woodblock prints from 1700s-present. There are two search options: by keyword or by image (upload or paste an image URL). John Resig, the site creator, has created this tool to address the need for “easily finding similar prints across multiple collections simultaneously.” This extends to unifying artist names, which often vary across collections or change, and translating the Kanji names. Resig lists all of the collections (museum, university, library, gallery, and private) that are searchable through the site.

A keyword search for “children” results in 1,183 unique images. An option called “Compare Prints” allows viewers to see different iterations of similar images, a huge help in seeing the changes in renderings over time. The site is clean and easy to navigate, providing as much information as possible about the prints as well as links to the collections in which they are housed.

The site is available at ukiyo-e.org.

New E-book: Toys, Play, Culture and Society

New digitized version available for free on Scribd (search: Jean-Pierre Rossie) and on www.sanatoyplay.org (see publications) of the book:

Rossie, Jean-Pierre (2005/2013). Toys, Play, Culture and Society. An Anthropological Approach with Reference to North Africa and the Sahara. Foreword by Brian Sutton-Smith, 256 p., 144 ill.

The black and white photographs of the 2005 version have been replaced by the original color photographs. At the same time some minor linguistic and formal adaptations have been made but the content remains unchanged.

New Book: Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India

Ruby Lal, Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013), xviii plus 229 pages. ISBN: 978-1-107-03024-4.

Publisher’s Description of Book:

In this engaging and eloquent history, Ruby Lal traces the becoming
of nineteenth-century Indian women through a critique of narratives
of linear transition from girlhood to womanhood. In the north
Indian patriarchal environment, women’s lives were dominated by
the expectations of the male universal, articulated most clearly in
household chores and domestic duties. The author argues that girls and
women in the early nineteenth century experienced freedom, eroticism,
adventurousness and playfulness, even within restrictive circumstances.

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