The Best Article Award Committee for the Society for the History of Children and Youth for 2013 was composed of three members: Barbara Beatty (Wellesley College); Julia Grant (James Madison College at Michigan State University); and Marie Nelson Clark (Linkoping University).
The committee chose Ishita Pande’s “Coming of Age: Law, sex, and Childhood in Late Colonial India,” Gender & History vol. 24, no. 1 (April 2012) to receive the 2013 Best Article award.
A brief excerpt from the committee’s comments:
Pande’s sophisticated, gendered, legal, cultural, age-delineated analysis of national and local child marriage laws in late colonial India provides a brilliant example of how comparative scholarship on children’s rights can illuminate our understanding of the complex, fraught project of constructing definitions of childhood.
Pande is Associate Professor of History at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.