Isabel Jijon, Sociologist

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I am a qualitative sociologist who studies culture, globalization, work, and childhood. Most of my research is comparative and focuses on Latin America and the global South.

I am writing a book, The Dignity of Working Children? Stigma and Recognition in the Global Fight Against Child Labor, that studies how working children understand their work in spite of (and in response to) transnational campaigns against this practice. For the past 30 years, activists around the world have fought to eradicate child labor, but they are  facing an unexpected source of resistance: working children themselves. Throughout the global South, working children are joining social movements that demand the "right to work with dignity." Drawing on ethnographic interviews, field work, and archival data in Bolivia and Ecuador, my book explains why. This research contributes to cultural sociology, the sociology of childhood, and child labor policy. This book also adds to studies of the global diffusion of culture, examining the unintended consequences of transnational campaigns.
I have also written about the globalization of collective memory, the globalization of sport, globalization theory, and theories of translation. I am now starting a project on work in the Covid-19 pandemic, on essential workers' experiences of recognition and stigma.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate with the Fox International Fellowship Program at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. I am also a Research Consultant at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and a Research Associate at the Dignity and Debt Network in Princeton University. I have a Ph.D. with distinction in sociology from Yale University and a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Yale College.