Children's Agency and Development in African Societies by Yaw Ofosu-KusiChildren's Agency and Development in African Societies by Yaw Ofosu-Kusi

Children's Agency and Development in African Societies

EditorYaw Ofosu-Kusi

Paperback | July 20, 2017

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This book focuses on African childhood and youth within the context of development and socialization where children are expected to be moulded in the image of adults. In many African societies children are generally held as passive bearers of the demands of adults, regardless of the fact that they are often exposed to a multitude of challenges that originate from the capriciousness of those adults. However, buoyed by international conventions and national legislations that offer them greater protection, and the ubiquitous internet that exposes them to childhood and youth experiences elsewhere, many of them are increasingly becoming assertive in homes, schools, and communities as well as re-invigorating their survival and self-preservation instincts. It is in this regard that this book, through the various chapters, engages with their competencies, skills and creativity to respond to experiential challenges as independent migrants or ones under coercion working in city streets and markets or cocoa farms or juggling work and schooling in pursuit of some education. Confronted with their parents' and siblings' health predicaments and the inadequacies of state and familial care, or urgent negotiation of their sexualities, they demonstrate incredible resilience. Similarly, their perceptiveness is demonstrated in a unique appreciation of politics and its actors and a capacity to assume responsibilities beyond their chronological age. Thus while highlighting some of the challenges confronting African children, the book provides gripping evidence of how they resiliently negotiate those challenges.

Yaw Ofosu-Kusi is Associate Professor of Social Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. He obtained his doctorate degree in Applied Social Studies from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. His research interest is primarily in urban childhood and the informal economy, wit...
Title:Children's Agency and Development in African SocietiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.49 inPublished:July 20, 2017Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:2869787189

ISBN - 13:9782869787186


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Children’s Agency and Development in African Societies

2. Establishing a Foothold in the Informal Economy: Children’s Dreams, Agency and Street Life in Ghana

3. Child Fosterage Dynamics in Selected Markets in Lagos State, Nigeria

4. Educational Challenges Facing Children in Cocoa Plantations in Ondo State, Nigeria

5. Childhood Sexualities in Africa: Agency and Vulnerability

6. Application of ‘Theatre for Development’ in the Promotion of Youth Agency in HIV Prevention in Zomba City, Malawi

7. Building Resilience in Child-headed Households: An Exploration of the Integrated Community Home-based Care Model in Maseru District, Lesotho

8. Children’s Perception of the Images of Kenya’s Principal Political Leaders

9. A Study of Children’s Participation in School Management in Cameroon

10. Children’s Assembly as a Strategy for Children’s Active Participation in Kenyan Society

11. Étude comparative de la formation du schéma corporel à travers le conflit sociocognitif chez des « Enfants du monde de diamant » de Banalia et des « Enfants gardiens de la forêt » de Mambasa en RDC

12. Les enjeux théoriques et sociaux de la modélisation du comportement environnemental à travers l’éducation relative à l’environnement: cas de l’élève du primaire en Côte d’Ivoire

13. Expériences de vie migratoire et capacités d’agir des enfants: cas des aides ménagères mineures dans la ville de Sikasso au Mali

14. Les causes du décrochage scolaire des enfants et leur réorientation au Bénin

15. Impact de l’incarcération d’un parent sur la vie de l’enfant au Cameroun

16. Conclusion: Agency, Realities and the Future of African Childhoods