Generationing Development

A Relational Approach to Children, Youth and Development

  • Roy Huijsmans

Part of the Palgrave Studies on Children and Development book series (PSCD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Theorising Age and Generation in Young Lives

  3. Everyday Relationalities: School, Work and Belonging

  4. Negotiating Development

  5. Commentary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 331-335

About this book


This ground-breaking book weaves together insights from the children and youth studies literature and critical development studies. Debunking the idea of childhood and youth as self-evident social categories, the author unravels how these generational constructs are (re)constituted and experienced in relational terms in development contexts spanning both the Global South and the Global North.


Running through these chapters is a fundamental concern with age, gender and generation as key principles of social differentiation.  This is developed in Part 1 at a theoretical level, and applied to everyday contexts, including school, work, migration and the street in Part 2. Part 3 zooms in on the generational dynamics of development by exploring how prominent development interventions (conditional cash transfers, schooling) problems (gender discrimination) and questions (the generational question of farming) shape the (gendered) experience of being young and growing up. 



Youth studies Generational dynamics Age Gender Schooling Migration Relational theory Conditional Cash Transfers Gender discrimination

Editors and affiliations

  • Roy Huijsmans
    • 1
  1. 1.International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)Erasmus UniversityRotterdam, The HagueThe Netherlands

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