Ambivalent Encounters: Childhood, Tourism, and Social Change by Jenny Huberman

By Jenny Huberman

Jenny Huberman offers an ethnographic examine of encounters among western travelers and the youngsters who paintings as unlicensed peddlers and courses alongside the riverfront urban of Banaras, India. She examines how and why those youngsters elicit such strong reactions from western travelers and locals of their group in addition to how the kids themselves event their paintings and render it meaningful.

Ambivalent Encounters brings jointly scholarship at the anthropology of youth, tourism, intake, and trade to invite why little ones grow to be gadgets of the foreign vacationer gaze; what position they play in representing socio-economic switch; how kids are valued and devalued; why they elicit anxieties, fantasies, and debates; and what those vacationer encounters educate us extra regularly concerning the nature of human interplay. It examines the function of gender in mediating stories of social change—girls are praised by way of locals for partaking constructively in the casual vacationer economic system whereas boys are accused of deviant habit. Huberman is both within the children’s and adults’ views; her personal reports as a western customer and researcher supply an exciting access into her interpretations.


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