From the singular to the plural: exploring diversities in contemporary childhoods in sub Saharan Africa

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Abstract

The challenges that sub-Saharan Africa has faced in the post-colonial period have come to characterise the way the region is perceived. These narratives are especially evident in the various ways children’s lives are discussed, leading to a particular focus on childhoods in difficult circumstances or at the margins. This has eclipsed the mundanities of everyday life for many children whose lives are not characterised by ‘lacks’. This article seeks to move beyond an overwhelming focus on childhoods defined by what they lack by illustrating the multitude of childhoods which exist in the continent.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChildhood
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2016

Structured keywords

  • SPS Children and Families Research Centre

Keywords

  • child work
  • children in difficult circumstances
  • colonialism
  • formal education
  • history
  • plural childhoods
  • Africa

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