Children, Childhood and Youth in Contemporary Cambodia

Authored by: Melina T. Czymoniewicz-Klippel

The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138831186
eBook ISBN: 9781315736709
Adobe ISBN: 9781317567837


 Download Chapter



In contemporary Cambodia, children are socially constructed as vulnerable, physically and mentally undeveloped persons, in constant need of surveillance and management. Correspondingly, childhood is regarded as the life stage during which children grow and mature in accordance with their inborn attributes and aptitudes so as to assume the position of a socially and economically valuable family member and citizen upon coming of age. This chapter explores the culturally mediated definitions of childhood and youth in Cambodia, and the impacts of such definitions on children’s and young people’s everyday lives and relationships. It also examines the ways and reasons for which ideas of childhood and youth are shifting against the backdrop of rapid socio-economic change.

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.