In this commentary, I examine one form of " lost childhood" that is often lamented in Western media, exploring the case of Latin American children temporarily left behind during their mothers' migrations to the U.S. Drawing upon interviews with Mexican and Salvadoran mothers in the United States, I examine the way that the circulation of Western ideals of childhood inform, and interact with, locally- and culturally-specific notions of childhood in Mexico and El Salvador. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The research upon which this paper is based was supported through a National Institute of Mental Health fellowship at the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University (NIMH Grant # T32 MH18006) and through a cooperative agreement with the US DHHS National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH/ NIDCR & NCMHD U54 DE 14251) to the Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO Center) at the University of California, San Francisco.
SOCIAL THOUGHT & COMMENTARY Consuming Childhood: “Lost” and “Ideal” Childhoods as a Motivation for Migration Sarah Horton University of Colorado, Denver I n the introduction to her well-known edited volume, Children and the Politics of Culture, published in 1995, Sharon Stephens argued that fears of a “crisis” in childhood emerged in the 1970s and 1980s with a new, and more penetrating, phase of global capitalism. Media images suddenly brought affluent Westerners—who subscribed
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