We had a great time presenting at our panel, All play and no work: (Re)defining play and work among forager children. Many thanks to all the presenters for their great papers, to our thoughtful discussant, Alyssa Crittenden, and to the wonderful audience, who asked many provocative questions.
We’ll be posting the abstracts from our respective talks shortly. In the meantime, if you are here and would like to talk to us, shoot us an email! email@example.com
Left to right: Adam Boyette, Rachel Reckin, Kate Ellis-Davies, Renee Hagen, Noa Lavi, Sheina Lew-Levy
Check out Camilla Morelli’s paper on the role of children in social change among the Matses of Peru! The full paper is available here
Abstract: This article examines radical social, cultural, and political changes taking place in Amazonia from the perspective of indigenous children and youth: a group who, despite their demographic prevalence, have received limited attention in the regional literature. Drawing on fieldwork with Matses people in Peru, I consider how children and youth are playing a critical role in the transition from a hunter-gatherer, forest-based society towards a riverine lifestyle that is increasingly engaged in trade, the market economy, and exchanges with chotac, or non-indigenous people. I argue that by engaging with their surroundings through playing and working, Matses children are becoming affectively attached to some parts of the world rather than others. This represents a purposeful shift from the lifestyle and worldviews of older generations and highlights how children are active agents who shape possible future directions of Matses society and transform the community’s relationships with the world. Accordingly, I propose a child-centred view of social change that seeks to demonstrate the implications of children’s creativity and agency for society at large and its future development.