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Author Huberman, Jennifer.

Title Ambivalent encounters : childhood, tourism, and social change in Banaras, India / Jenny Huberman
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 227 pages)
Series Rutgers series in childhood studies
Rutgers series in childhood studies.
Contents Children, tourists, and locals -- A tourist town -- Conceptions of children -- Girls and boys on the ghats -- Innocent children or little adults? -- The minds and hearts of children -- Conceptions of value -- Earning, spending, saving -- Something extra -- Money, gender, and the (im)morality of exchange -- Conclusion
Summary This ethnographic study brings together scholarship on the anthropology of childhood, tourism, consumption, and exchange to examine how and why children working as unlicensed peddlers and tourist guides along the waterfront of Banaras, India, a popular and iconic tourist destination, elicit such powerful reactions from western visitors and locals in their community and explores how the children themselves experience their work and render it meaningful. Ambivalent Encounters brings together scholarship on the anthropology of childhood, tourism, consumption, and exchange to ask why children emerge as objects of the international tourist gaze; what role they play in representing socio-economic change; how children are valued and devalued; why they elicit anxieties, fantasies, and debates; and what these tourist encounters teach us more generally about the nature of human interaction
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-219) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Child labor -- India -- Vārānasi
Social interaction -- India -- Vārānasi
Tourism -- India -- Vārānasi
Tourists -- India -- Vārānasi
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012005167
ISBN 081355408X (electronic bk.)
1461934915 (electronic bk.)
9780813554082 (electronic bk.)
9781461934912 (electronic bk.)