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Lost Histories of Youth Culture


Edited By Christine Feldman-Barrett

Young people and their activities always have been a part of history – yet such narratives have remained mostly untold and often lost in the sands of time. This unprecedented and international collection sheds light on youth’s hidden histories from the nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century: whether from the American Civil War, Maoist China, postcolonial Greenland, or contemporary Iran. These tales of leisure, identity, and belonging take readers into the heart of youth history and uncover heretofore unrecognized cultural contributions that young people have made across time and throughout the world.


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viii | acknowledgments García, and Jordi Nofre want to acknowledge that their chapter is part of a 2013–2015 research project, “The Indignant Generation. Space, Power and Culture in the Youth Movement of 2011: A Transnational Perspective (GENIND),” which has been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (CSO2012-34415). Godwin Siundu thanks Peter Odongo for arranging inter- views with officials at the Athletics Kenya offices in Nairobi and for his re source- fulness in accessing reference materials from the Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library. Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen would like to thank Christine Feldman-Barrett, Vanessa Grotti, and Laura Pérez Gil for their helpful feedback. She is also grateful to the Finnish Academy project, “New Native Leaderships and Forms of Power in Amazonia,” and the project, “Transforming the Future in Brazil: Ritual and Indigenous Agencies,” funded by Research Funds of Helsinki University. Most of all, she is indebted to the Apurinã community of the Tumiã River region. Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray would like to thank the National Endowment for the Humanities for providing Ronald J. Zboray with a full-year fellowship in 2012 for the purpose of working on a larger project, of which this book chapter is a part. —Christine Feldman-Barrett

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