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CFP: City Kids in "Streetnotes"

(Mar 21, 2014)

City streets today tend to be rather quiet. To be sure, city neighborhoods once resounded to the shouts and cries of double Dutch, ringolevio, and stickball, but children today are more often found  a play date or soccer practice, and even more likely, rich or poor, urban or suburban, inside— looking at a screen. Supervised and protected as never before, children no longer roam freely. Shuttled between home and school, they have disappeared from public view. At the same time, the length of childhood (and juvenile behavior) extends further and further into what was formerly considered adulthood.

In this special “City Kids” issue of Streetnotes, papers are invited to explain what urban (and suburban) childhood once was and what it is today. How can we account for the astonishing changes that so profoundly altered the child’s relationship to public and private space? Welcomed are  contributions in history, anthropology, education, psychology, economics, public policy, art history, photography, medicine, architecture and other relevant disciplines. Along with scholarly papers, we seek photo essays, stories, memoirs and poems. City Kids will appear in Streetnotes 23. Streetnotes  is a biannual peer-reviewed journal for the interdisciplinary study of the city, its lifeways and social relations, with a special concern for the cultural and aesthetic forms that arise through its traffic.

New extended deadline: April 1, 2014. Please submit questions to the editor of this special issue, James Wunsch, at jlwunsch@gmail.com or to Streetnotes editor, David Michalski at michalski@ucdavis.edu

All articles must be submitted through Streetnotes submission management software: http://escholarship.org/uc/ucdavislibrary_streetnotes