Journal of Social History

The Journal of Social History is a scholarly journal covering research in social history, social science and genealogy from all periods worldwide. The Journal of Social History is published quarterly by George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Peter N. Stearns is the editor.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 4, Summer

Children in Global Migrations
The growing reality of movement across borders has become a twenty-first century theme and increasingly a focus for the anxieties and uncertainties about change in our time. When it is paired with children, its potential as a modern form of brutality...
Conclusion: Change, Globalization and Childhood
Amid all the complications of dealing with globalization and childhood, including its great unevenness, a crucial issue involves its relationship to larger, or at least earlier, processes of change. No conclusion can hope to embrace the various findings...
Consuming Globalization: Youth and Gender in Kerala, India
Introduction In much popular discourse, a short-hand way to mark the advent and impact of globalization is to point to the evidence of "global" youth consuming practices and symbols in often remote corners of the world: during the 1990s, for example,...
Divorce in Japan: Family, Gender, and the State, 1600-2000
Divorce in Japan: Family, Gender, and the State, 1600-2000. By Harald Fuess (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004. xiv plus 226 pp. $45.00). What kind of impact did urbanization, industrialization, anomie, and the modern state have on families?...
Japanese Childhood, Modern Childhood: The Nation-State, the School, and 19th-Century Globalization
Japan's initial encounter with globalization was also its encounter with modernity. (1) In the mid- to late-19th century, Western imperialism in Asia plunged Japan into a new system of international relations, generating an unprecedented volume of...
Japan, the U.S. and the Globalization of Children's Consumer Culture
Mattel Toys recently discovered that it no longer had to produce Barbie dolls with Asian features and clothes. With the opening of Eastern Europe in the 1990s to aggressive marketing and the growing identity of the commercially-savvy young in many...
Manhood and the Neutered Body in Early Modern Spain
Not everything is a man that pisses on a wall, after all, dogs piss too. (No es todo hombre el que mea a la pared, porque el perro mea tambien.) --Traditional Spanish saying (1) The above refrain suggests that manhood was a restricted...
On Seeking Global History's Inner Child
Globalization and childhood are both treacherously familiar terms. Fashionable categories used in serious and provocative scholarship, their wide currency owes too much to their indeterminacy. Almost any screed about social change, whether denouncing...
Preface: Globalization and Childhood
This issue gathers several papers plus additional research notes and comments on the subject of globalization and childhood. The assumption is that if globalization, one of the most widely-discussed characterizations of contemporary history, is a real...
Teaching Rights and Responsibilities: Paradoxes of Globalization and Children's Citizenship in Lebanon
Learning Citizenship in a Globalizing World What families teach their children as their rights and responsibilities as citizens in state societies needs to be studied in the context of the contradictory and complementary modes in which globalization...
The House, the Street, Global Society: Latin American Families and Childhood in the Twenty-First Century
Since the colonial period (1492 to approximately 1826), children have constituted a large proportion of the population of Latin America, with approximately thirty to fifty percent under age twenty in the eighteenth century. Public health campaigns...
The Jaombilo of Tamatave (Madagascar), 1992-2004: Reflections on Youth and Globalization
Both anthropologists and historians have devoted a great deal of attention to the concept of adolescence, but they have done so in markedly different ways. Drawing in large measure on assumptions about adolescence taken from developmental psychology,...
The Schoolyard Gate: Schooling and Childhood in Global Perspective
Deux et deux quatre quatre et quatre huit huit et huit font seize Repetez! dit le maitre. Deux et deux quatre quatre et quatre huit huit et huit font seize. Mais voila l'oiseau-lyre qui passe dans le ciel l'enfant le voit l'enfant l'entend l' enfant...
'These Brothers of Ours': Poblete's Obreros and the Road to Baguio 1903-1905
On July 21, 1903, some two hundred laborers recruited to construct the Benguet Road linking the Americans' erstwhile summer capital of the Philippines at Baguio with the railhead to Manila refused to report for work and peremptorily marched out of...
The Uneven Globality of Children
Overnight, more than a million additional children showed up for school last year when Kenya's newly elected government abolished fees that had been prohibitively high for many parents, about $16 a year. The New York Times, October 24, 2004,...
The U.S. and the International Children's Rights Crusade: Leader or Laggard?
Children's rights have recently taken a major role in the unfolding drama of international human rights. The horrors of World War II impelled the drafting of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948. While not...