Travelling concepts: Exporting a 'Proper' Childhood for All from Britain to the Gold Coast

Project Details


Awarded one of a small number of mid-career fellowships by the British Academy to: 1) examine the implications of developments in 19th century and early 20th century Britain to ensure a ‘proper’ childhood for all children for indigenous populations in the British colony of the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana); 2) explore the reactions of colonised subjects to encountering this ‘proper’ childhood in their contexts; 3) and examine the legacy of these efforts for present-day Ghanaian society. Data, collected through archival and qualitative research methods, resulted in the production of a documentary film which was screened in Ghana and the UK as well as publications which are in progress
Alternative titleBritish Academy Mid-Career Fellowship
Effective start/end date2/01/1831/12/18

Structured keywords

  • SPS Children and Families Research Centre