aerial view of the Amazon river

The Children

Winter 2004 | Volume III, Number 2

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

Thinking on Children

Reconfiguring Childhood

Reconfiguring Childhood

Children are a spur, a commitment, a way of imagining the future—but all too often these sorts of phrases just rattle around a vacuum, their utterance the beginning and end of the…

Children and Globalization

Children and Globalization

I’ve spent an hour talking to the children in this school in the south of Chile. I’ve carefully looked at their well-kept notebooks. I’ve heard them read from their books and asked them questions…

About Children

About Children

Our wonderful conversation over lunch the other day got Maya and me to thinking about how some of our best friends are children. Through these friendships we have entered a world we…

Health and Community 

Where the Patient Still Thinks…

Where the Patient Still Thinks…

Like a row of dolls, they sit in the clinic waiting room—a dozen or so 14- and 15-year-old girls—all dressed nearly identically in navy blue school uniforms. With the television blaring real-life…

Photography and Citizenship

Photography and Citizenship

This photoessay examines how visual literacy might be used as a tool to prevent HIV/AIDS with at-risk children and youth in Brazilian juvenile centers. Visual literacy can be understood as the…

Culture and Education

Through the Eyes of Children

Through the Eyes of Children

Twenty years ago, I put my camera away, suspending a photographic career I’d happily pursued for nearly a decade. I did this after publishing photos I’d taken in a Salvadoran war zone in 1983…

Teen Life

Teen Life

Teen Life In Latin America and the CaribbeanWhat is life like for teens in Latin America and the Caribbean? That's a question I set out to answer when I was approached by Greenwood Press to co-edit Teen Life in Latin America and the Caribbean, with Kristen Sternberg...

Poverty is not Destiny

Poverty is not Destiny

A recent study by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation (2001) made national headlines as it documented that Hispanic women had the highest dropout…

Nós do Cinema

Nós do Cinema

Half a dozen adolescents with indigenous features and urban garments entered the Rio movie theatre, peering curiously all around at the movie posters and filmgoers. This would be the first…

Living on the Border

Living on the Border

One out of every three children is an orphan here. The non-profit Proyecto Para Ninos Huerfanos, Inc. on the outskirts of Barahona, Dominican Republic, is both a street outreach…

Latinos and School Reform

Latinos and School Reform

Ricardo stood shocked. His teacher was telling him, “You should drop out of school and go back to the Dominican Republic because immigrants are taking American tax dollars.” An 11th-grade…

Journey of Remembrance

Journey of Remembrance

The Spanish-speaking immigrant children in northern Virginia busily draw what home looked like. Their vivid drawings give us a sense of the environment with which they feel comfortable, a…

Children of the Favela

Children of the Favela

In Rio de Janeiro, I spent my time with children of the favela, both on the streets and at the community center Espaço Criança Esperança created by Viva Rio serving the Cantagalo…

Child Labor in Argentina

Child Labor in Argentina

A tiny boy no more than eight years old walks along ranks of stopped cars at Plaza Libertad in Buenos Aires. Face and hands dirty, hair disheveled, he asks for spare change. One window…

Booting Up Amid Flattened Frogs

Booting Up Amid Flattened Frogs

I have barricaded myself into the sweltering Marbella computer lab to write, on the day of my ReVista deadline. The light bulb doesn’t work, and little children keep interrupting me, but it…

Academia Boston de las Artes

Academia Boston de las Artes

The Pedro Goyena school no. 21 sits on a dusty street in the remote town of Charata in northwestern Argentina. The flat soybean fields in this region go for miles, and the heat can…

Book Talk

The Promotion of Social Awareness

The Promotion of Social Awareness

When picked on, some children choose to fight and others choose to walk away. What accounts for these different responses? This is just one of the many questions that Robert Selman, an…

Laughter out of Place

Laughter out of Place

The personal lives of the poor and disenfranchised are often not examined by researchers concerned with political and socio-economic forces that make their impact on poor…

Sex and the State

Sex and the State

Abortion, divorce and gender equality in the family are three of the most controversial policy issues that Latin American governments have faced in the twentieth century. Yet for too long…