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Paths to the unfamiliar: journeying with children in Ecuadorian Amazonia

Buitron, Natalia (2016) Paths to the unfamiliar: journeying with children in Ecuadorian Amazonia. In: Allerton, Catherine, (ed.) Children: ethnographic encounters. Encounters: experience and anthropological knowledge. Bloomsbury (Firm), London, UK, pp. 45-58. ISBN 9781474258180

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This chapter explores journeying as a privileged activity through which the author is introduced to the importance of unfamiliar encounters in the lives of a group of Shuar children in Ecuadorian Amazonia. Whilst the relationships that children cultivate away from home are integral to the process of acquiring individuating experiences and forging prestigious and instrumental alliances, they also resist representation within the household. As researcher and children become partners in journeys, children more spontaneously give voice to the affective potency ensuing from empowering or transgressive friendships. Buitron thus examines journeying both as a means of transcending the normative domains of socialization and as a way of foregrounding children’s own narratives of alterity and growth. Relating experiential forms of learning for Shuar children and for the researcher in her own fieldwork, the author reflects upon the inarticulate zones of growth lying between childhood and adulthood and the gender-specific implications of befriending unfamiliar others. The chapter also offers methodological advice to conduct ethnographic research with indigenous children.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2016 Bloomsbury
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2019 12:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:51

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