Faculty Book: Cindi Katz
Growing Up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children's Everyday Lives
(University of Minnesota Press, 2004; 312 pp.)
In an ethnographic study of two seemingly disparate demographic groups—children growing up in a village in the northern Sudan taking part in a wide-scale, state-sponsored agricultural program and children from mostly working-class families in New York City—the author examines the impact of global development and change on these respective communities. Following a small group of children from ten years of age through to early adulthood, Katz focuses on the ways in which children in the Sudanese village prepare for an agrarian lifestyle centered around family, a way of life that is rapidly become obsolete. She next turns her attention to children in working-class families in New York, and draws some startling conclusions. Katz is professor of psychology at The Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: NOV 15, 2004