African Children at Work: Working and Learning in Growing Up for Life

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Gerd Spittler, M. F. C. Bourdillon
LIT Verlag Münster, 2012 - Social Science - 352 pages
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Most children in Africa start working from a very early age, helping the family or earning wages. Should this work be abolished, tolerated, or encouraged? Such questions are the subject of much debate. International and national organizations, employers, parents, and children often have diverse opinions and put pressure in different directions. The contributions in this book offer intensive fieldwork and careful analysis of children's activities, considering childhood and family, work and play, work in rural and urban contexts, paths to learning, work and school, and children's rights. (Series: Reports on African Studies / Beitrage zur Afrikaforschung - Vol. 52)
 

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Contents

The Chore Curriculum
23
A case study
57
Bamana children at work
87
Learning and Childrens Work in a PotteryMaking
113
Global versus local
143
Schooling or Working? How family decision processes
169
Childrens Work Child Fostering and the Spread of Formal
195
Economic restructuring and childrens everyday
227
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