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Title: Generational Power Relations in Rural Bolivia
Author(s): Punch, Samantha
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Editor(s): Panelli, Ruth
Punch, Samantha
Robson, Elsbeth
Citation: Punch S (2007) Generational Power Relations in Rural Bolivia. In: Panelli R, Punch S & Robson E (eds.) Global Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth: Young Rural Lives. Routledge Studies in Human Geography, 17. Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor & Francis (Routledge UK), pp. 151-164.
Keywords: children
Children and adults Bolivia
Power (Social sciences)
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Series/Report no.: Routledge Studies in Human Geography, 17
Abstract: First paragraph: It can be argued that childhood is a relational concept which forms part of the generational order and that generational processes shape the nature of child–adult relations (Alanen 2001; Mayall 2002). When the social positions of ‘children’ and ‘adults’ are ‘constituted, reproduced and transformed through relational activity’ (Mayall 2002: 40), this can be referred to as practices of ‘generationing’ (Alanen 2001). Thus, as Alanen (2001: 21) argues, childhood and adulthood are connected and interdependent. However, children’s structural position in society means that generally they have less power than adults. Thus, adults’ generational location enables them to wield more power over children and this is an example of Lukes’s (2005) relational definition of power as one social group exercises ‘power over’ another.
Rights: Published in Global Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth: Young Rural Lives by Taylor & Francis (Routledge UK). This is an electronic version of a book chapter published in Global Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth: Young Rural Lives, Routledge Studies in Human Geography, pp. 151 - 164. Global Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth: Young Rural Lives can be found online at:; Taylor & Francis UK company policy: “Material may be posted on publication and can be included on a freely available institutional website after an 18 month embargo”.

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