Not Just a Victim: The Child as Catalyst and Witness of Contemporary Africa

Sandra J.T.M. Evers, Catrien Notermans and Erik van Ommering (eds.)
Leiden: Brill, Afrika-Studiecentrum Series; vol. 20, 2011.

kaft_notjustavictimSocial scientists examining contemporary Africa take considerable pains to resist portraying Africa as nothing more than a land of victims unable to escape historical cycles of war, exploitation and tyranny. However, children are still frequently conceptualised as passive actors, mere extensions of adult societies and receptors of culture. The authors in this volume argue that children are dynamic contributors to the shaping of contemporary Africa. Through novel and unorthodox ethnographic research methods, each chapter provides insights into children’s perspectives on kinship, work, caring, health, migration and conflict, shedding light on children’s views and the vital roles they play in the emerging Africa of tomorrow.

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