Based on ethnographic research and inventive, child-oriented research methods, the current volume offers children's perspectives on kinship, children's experiences of work, caring, disease, migration, conflict, and many other key features of contemporary life in Africa.
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Sandra J.T.M. Evers, Ph.D. (Amsterdam 2001) is associate professor and senior researcher at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam. She specializes in Africa and South West Indian Ocean studies. Dr Evers' research covers the anthropology of children, migration, slavery, memory and cognition, natural resource management, and sustainable development. Catrien Notermans, Ph.D. (Nijmegen 1999) is an anthropologist working as a senior researcher and lecturer at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her fields of interest include religion (African Christianity, pilgrimage, witchcraft, Hinduism, material religion) and kinship (polygyny, fosterage, transnational kin networks). Erik van Ommering is a PhD candidate at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam, where he attained his M.Sc. in 2007. His research focuses on children's experiences of primary education in settings of violent conflict. The regional focus of his study is Lebanon.
Contents Acknowledgements ... vii Ethnographies of Children in Africa: Moving beyond Stereotypical Representations and Paradigms ... 1 Sandra J.T.M. Evers, Catrien Notermans & Erik van Ommering 1 Bending the Generational Rules: Agency of Children and Young People in 'Child-Headed' Households ... 21 Diana van Dijk 2 Using a "Kids Club Method" to Understand Experiences of Children Orphaned by AIDS in North-Central Namibia ... 43 Mienke van der Brug 3 Understanding Children's Well-Being and Transitions Through the Life Course: A Case from Ethiopia ... 69 Yisak Tafere 4 Kinning in the Imagination: Perceptions of Kinship and Family History among Chagossian Children in Mauritius ... 95 Sandra J.T.M. Evers 5 From Home to the Street: Children's Street-ward Migration in Cape Verde ... 125 Lorenzo I. Bordonaro 6 Gendered Work and Schooling in Rural Ethiopia: Exploring Working Children's Perspectives ... 147 Tatek Abebe 7 In Between the Netherlands and Morocco: 'Home' and Belonging of Dutch Moroccan Return Migrant and Abandoned Children in Northeast Morocco ... 173 June de Bree, Oka Storms & Edien Bartels 8 The Learning Experiences of Refugee and Asylum-Seeker Children: A Model for Meaningful Learning ... 197 Cilel Smith 9 Reconceptualising Child Protection Interventions in Situations of Chronic Conflict: North Kivu, DRC ... 223 Claudia Seymour 10 Agency, Resilience and the Psychosocial Well-Being of Caregiving Children: Experiences from Western Kenya ... 247 Morten Skovdal About the Authors ... 269 Index ... 273
'This edited collection is an especially welcome contribution to the development of childhood studies in Africa because it explores the agency children across the continent are able to demonstrate despite the structural constraints within their societies. The interplay between structure and agency as they relate to children's daily lives is the overarching theme of ten substantive chapters. As part of the editors' goal of highlighting children's agency, a secondary theme of the volume is innovative, childfocused methodologies that are appropriate within African contexts.
As in many edited collections, some chapters in this one speak very strongly to the aims and objectives of the book, while others struggle to show their relevance. Nevertheless, I welcome the contribution the collection as a whole makes to theorizing about childhood studies in Africa'.
University of Sheffield, AFUATWUM-DANSO IMOH
In: African Affairs, Vol. 112, Issue 449, October 2013
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