Anthropologists are increasingly interviewing children and youth, especially in educational field. This panel aims to examine the different methods and positioning of anthropologists engaging ethical conversation and sometimes "collaborative" work with children during research.
As the diversity of societies and cultures has become the research basis of anthropology, anthropologists have often given priority to relativism. At the same time, this diversity urges them to re-examine their position towards the people and sometimes change it radically: many anthropologists say that, to understand the society, they need to behave like disciples in front of masters who are, in fact, the "natives" of that society.
This stance is very important when we study about children or more broadly youth because in this case, the relationship between the dominant and the dominated is reversed in double sense - from cultural and generational point of view. Many studies about children and childhood have been developed in social sciences since more than two decades and raise thoughts on what anthropologists should do with children in their fieldwork.
- Why should we get involved nowadays in "collaborative" studies?
- How can anthropologist devote himself or herself, with his body, mind and spirit, to the collaborative work with children and/or with adults taking care of them in educational institutions?
- Which knowledge(s) should we receive and apply?
- Is every anthropologist working on / with children facing with the same kind of problems and questions independent of their fields? (here, there, elsewhere…)
These are some of the many questions that this panel will set out to answer.