Section one – introduction childhood on a modern drive: growing up in East Asia

Gu, Xiaorong (2023) Section one – introduction childhood on a modern drive: growing up in East Asia. In: The Emerald Handbook of Childhood and Youth in Asian Societies. Emerald Handbooks . Emerald, Bingley, England, pp. 13-23. ISBN 9781803822839

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In what follows, I first unpack the context of East Asia where fast economic growth, demographic transition, shifting public policies, and historical legacies as well as emerging trends of family norms and practices jointly influence children's and youths' everyday lives and well-being. I show that albeit intraregional and intrasociety heterogeneities, childhood is part and parcel of the modernization project in this part of the world, which has attracted concerted efforts of intense investment from the state and the family, shaping a trajectory of childhood that is increasingly scholarized. I then sketch the landscape of childhood and youth studies in this region, calling for the intervention of childhood sociology as an approach to bring young people's own perspectives, voices, subjectivities, and actions to the fore. This is followed by an introduction to four compelling contributions that offer rich and nuanced insights into the pains and gains, pressures and perseverance of the growing up experiences of the young in rapidly changing East Asian societies.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children and youths, intergenerational relations, East Asia, modernity, mobility, agency
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2023 09:11
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2023 09:11

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