AnthropoChildren, the little newcomer
To think about the child and childhood as well, obviously: how is it constructed, how does it construct itself, what place does it occupy and how can its voice be heard? Over a hundred academics responded to the Laboratory’s call. ‘That merely confirmed the necessity, which I had believed for a long time, of creating a journal which could not only show the diversity and the volume of the work carried out in the anthropology of childhood but also extend and deepen the reflection, notably theoretical, initiated by the conference in order to nourish the academic, social and political debates which deal with childhood.’ And then there was light, a little less than a year later, with the first issue of AnthropoChildren placed on line in February 2012.
AnthropoChildren will appear twice a year, in French and/or in English. And access to it is entirely and deliberately free. Explanations once again: ‘one of the aims of the journal is to allow a dialogue between research, teaching and the community in its widest sense (in other words all the professionals who work on childhood in European, Anglophone and so-called countries of the South). Behind this initiative there is a will to open out the academic field to try and have universes which are not necessarily in the habit of doing so dialogue with each other. Online free access to articles is the fundamental basis of this dialogue, which is at the same time ‘North-South’ on an academic level and ‘academic community-civil society’ in a wider sense: the no cost aspect allows a whole disadvantaged academic-scientific community to have access to academic content; the same goes for civil society institutions, which only rarely subscribe to this type of journal.’