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The Ecology of ChildhoodHow Our Changing World Threatens Children's Rights$
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Barbara Bennett Woodhouse

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780814794845

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814794845.001.0001

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A Tale of Two Villages

A Tale of Two Villages

(p.41) 3 A Tale of Two Villages
The Ecology of Childhood

Barbara Bennett Woodhouse

NYU Press

Chapter three opens with detailed the two villages that are compared in this book, Scanno Italy and Cedar Key Florida. The portraits cover demography, history, political structure, geography, natural surroundings, social customs and traditions, with a particular focus on the lives of children. Both communities serve populations hovering around 1,700; both are majority Caucasian; both have strong community identities and traditions; and both are located in remote natural environments, with Scanno tucked in a valley of the Apennine Mountains in the Abruzzo region of Central Italy and Cedar Key occupying a chain of islands on the sparsely settled Gulf Coast of Florida in the South of the United States. The village portraits are followed by explicit comparisons of similarities and differences that are most relevant to the ecology of childhood, including early childhood and education systems, access to free play spaces, living on the edge of natural disaster, children’s sense of history and place, economic trauma and resilience, and presence or absence of racial and ethnic tension. The chapter closes with an exercise in triangulation, using multiple sources and uncomfortable conversations to explore attitudes towards racial and ethnic diversity.

Keywords:   Scanno, Cedar key, Village, Early Childhood, Education, Play, Nature, Tradition, Identity, Race

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