Elizabeth Olson

Elizabeth Olson
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | UNC · Department of Geography

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Introduction
"Elizabeth Olson currently works at the Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Elizabeth does research in Geography. Their current project is 'Youth transitions, international volunteering and religious transformations: the experiences of young evangelical Christians in Latin America.'" I'm so very interested to see that this is the description that is generated via the Research Gate! I do indeed research geography (otherwise known as being a geographer), with an interest in ethics and normativity and a focus on feminist theory and inequality. My recent work has turned toward examining the ethics of care and caregiving, with an empirical focus on youth caregivers/young carers in the U.S.

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In the United States, it is estimated that more than 5.4 million children and adolescents under age 18 provide care for adult family members who are aging or have a chronic illness, disability, or other health conditions that require assistance. However, little is known about how providing care to the family during childhood and adolescence impacts...
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In the United States, more than 5.4 million children and adolescents under age 18 provide care for family members who are aging or have chronic illness, disability, or other health conditions that require assistance. In this policy report, we describe youth’s care for the family, and highlight the increasing prevalence, global challenges, and uneve...
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This handbook provides a comprehensive analysis of contemporary gender and feminist geographies in an international and multi-disciplinary context. It features 48 new contributions from both experienced and emerging scholars, artists and activists who critically review and appraise current spatial politics. Each chapter advances the future developm...
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In this article, I reflect upon Nixon's (2011) charge to better represent slow violence through the context of youth caregivers in the United States. These youth are invisible in recent efforts to acknowledge the looming national 'care crisis'. Youth caregivers face a range of barriers to receiving supports, and professionals who interact with yout...
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Youth provide significant contributions to their families, ranging from completing household chores to taking care of members of the family. Researchers have examined correlates, predictors, and consequences of the variation in youth’s contributions to their families. One body of work has examined family assistance—youth’s help with household chore...
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Artificial reefs quickly became important in Malaysian fisheries management after their introduction in the 1970s. Their popularity lies in their potential for rehabilitating and enhancing coastal resources, particularly after the establishment of legal protection for coastal resources via regulations regarding fishing zonation in 1985. These human...
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The 20 years since geography’s ‘moral turn’ have generated a robust field of scholarship around diverse ethical engagements. However, as geographers continue to build articulate claims to care and justice in and beyond the academy, the role of ‘the moral’ has often been resigned to the margins of our theories and empirical work. In my third and fin...
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In this article, I explore the relationship between youth, security, and caregiving through a study of the U.S. Little Mothers’ Leagues, an initiative which began in New York City in 1910 with the aim of reducing infant mortality by training young girls to properly care for their infant siblings. Critical approaches to caregiving view security and...
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This chapter explores how geographers have studied youthful religiosity, tracing how geographic research has brought into being the figure of the youthful religious subject. The result is a genealogy of geographical thought, starting with a brief consideration of the role of religion in early geographical scientific production. This is followed by...
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In this second report, I consider the relationship between emotion and morality from a geographical perspective. Though traditional and contemporary engagements in moral philosophy and psychology offer a diverse range of theories and approaches to emotions and morality, few of these explicitly consider or incorporate the role of space. I consider t...
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Within the context of global capitalism and late liberalism, the social and political implications of waiting have attracted particular attention from geographers. States and other powerful institutions can now maintain control over potentially unruly populations through technocratic management that appears at first glance to be ethically neutral....
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This paper offers important insights into the contemporary nature of youth transitions and the ways in which religious affiliation and engagement with international volunteering influences and interplays with negotiations of the lifecourse. Situated within interdisciplinary debates about youth transitions, as well as discussions about relational ge...
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This unique collection highlights the importance of landscape, politics and piety to our understandings of religion and place. The geographies of religion have developed rapidly in the last couple of decades and this book provides both a conceptual framing of the key issues and debates involved, and rich illustrations through empirical case studies...
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This chapter examines the production of embodied religious landscapes in the high provinces of rural Peru. I begin by outlining two trends in the study of religious landscapes: one focused on the social relations surrounding built landscapes and the other engaging with the lived or embodied religious landscapes, including the narratives and stories...
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This article argues that gender must be central to our theorisations of emergent religious geopolitics. It does so through an engagement with Butler's reflections upon secular time (Butler J 2008 Secular politics, torture, and secular time The British Journal of Sociology 59 1–23), and the ‘cultural reanimation’ of Roman Catholic cultural underpinn...
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In this paper, we analyse the short term mission experiences of young UK Christians volunteering in Latin America to explore the relationships between international volunteering, faith and subjectivity. We draw on understandings of global citizenship and cosmopolitanism as processes rather than end points to reveal the contingent and multilayered w...
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This unique collection highlights the importance of landscape, politics and piety to our understandings of religion and place. The geographies of religion have developed rapidly in the last couple of decades and this book provides both a conceptual framing of the key issues and debates involved, and rich illustrations through empirical case studies...
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Based upon qualitative research in Glasgow, Scotland, this article examines transformations in religious identity and practices of young socially and economically included Christians, aged 16–27. The authors argue that young people's religiosity has been shaped by large-scale social trends in the West, including secularisation and pluralisation. Th...
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This article explores and extends the geographies of postsecular theory. Despite growing claims of secularization, religion continues to be a highly public and rapidly diversifying issue, and of growing interest to geographers. We identify the spatial elements of postsecular theory, and consider how spatial approaches, particularly feminist work, t...
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Recent geographical work has pointed to the complex and negotiated nature, and spatiality, of intergenerational relations. In this paper, we draw on research with young Scottish Christians and their guardians to explore the influence of intergenerationality on their religious identities, beliefs and practices. Our interest is to ask what these rece...
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This paper explores the intersections between feminist conceptions of reflexivity and activism in the context of social research on religion in the southern Andes of Peru. Emerging geographies of religion have been strongly influenced by feminist theory and methodology, yet few geographers working on themes of religion have openly analysed the role...
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: This paper throws down a challenge to radical geography and invites a selection of leading geographers to respond. It proposes that radical or critical geography cannot escape normative foundations in terms of some conception of the human good or flourishing, and that this is not necessarily at odds with the descriptive and explanatory aims of so...
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Since the 1990s, an increasing number of development agencies have attempted to incorporate faith-based development organisations into mainstream 'secular' partnerships. Development scholars have responded to these trends by seeking to understand the range of ways that faith might matter in development. Far less emphasis has been placed on how deve...
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The World Bank's recent concern for 'empowerment' grows out of longer standing discussions of participation, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society. While commitments to empowerment enter World Bank texts with relative ease, their practice within Bank-funded projects is far more contingent, and the meanings they assume become much...
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The World Bank's recent concern for 'empowerment' grows out of longer standing discussions of participation, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society. While commitments to empowerment enter World Bank texts with relative ease, their practice within Bank-funded projects is far more contingent, and the meanings they assume become much...
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I examine the enmeshment of transnationally networked religious organizations in predominantly Quechua communities in the southern Andes of Peru. I aim specifically to understand the multiple ways in which transnational religious organizations contribute to the construction of development epistemologies, or the socioeconomics of development truths....
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This article explores the ways in which discussions of social capital have emerged within the World Bank, and how they interacted both with project practices and with larger debates in the institution. These debates are understood as a 'battlefield of knowledge', whose form and outcomes are structured but not determined by the political economy of...
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Culture has received increasing attention in critical development studies, though the notion that there are important cultural differences within and between development organizations has received less consideration. This paper elaborates elements of a framework for studying organizational culture in multi-agency development projects. It draws on s...
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Colorado, 1999. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 79-83).

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This project seeks to establish a program of research on youth caregivers (young carers) in the United States. Some examples of the direction of this work can be found in the PCORI-funded Bookend Caregivers project: http://bookendcaregivers.web.unc.edu/ Collaborative efforts are organized through the Caregiving Youth Research Collaborative: http://cyrc.web.unc.edu/ Other work, including that focused on history and ethics, will be showing up on my personal website now and then: http://pensamientos.web.unc.edu/
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This project aims to investigate what happens to the religious identities and spiritual understandings of young people through their participation in faith-based international volunteering projects, with a special focus upon the experiences of young evangelical Christian volunteers in Latin America. More specifically, we explore themes and debates in four key areas: (1) youth transitions; (2) understandings of religious identities, experiences and transformations; (3) global citizenship; and (4) international development and social justice. The project will draw upon and synthesise debates in these areas from an interdisciplinary perspective (including geography, sociology and development studies) as well as integrating practitioner insight and debates concerning the aims and intents of youth volunteering through faith-based organisations.