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The power of continuity: Ethiopia through the eyes of its children
The Nordic Africa Institute.
2004 (English)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Children play a vital role as a source of information on politics but have been neglected as political actors in research contexts. In this study, children are used as a window to an Ethiopian society where hierarchical relations persist, despite the numerous political and administrative transformations of the past century. With data gathered through participant observation the book examines how young, Addis Abeba school children learn to adapt to and reproduce relations of super- and/or subordination based on gender, age, strength and social position. The children’s experiences are viewed in the historical context of state-citizen relations where hierarchy and obsession with control have been and continue to be dominant. The discussion focuses on the power of continuity in the reproduction of cultural patterns and political behaviour, and on how change towards more egalitarian relations could come about.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2004. , 217 p.
Keyword [en]
Children, Childhood, Child rearing, Cultural identity, Ethnicity, Family environment, Gender roles, School environment, Social norms, Ethiopia
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-111ISBN: 91-7106-535-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-111DiVA: diva2:240614
Note
CONTENTS -- Acknowledgements -- Preface -- Theoretical Context -- Fieldwork Setting -- The World of School Children – Practicing Culture -- Growing Up Into Hierarchy – Learning Obedience, Respect and Control -- The Teaching–Learning Process -- Gender, a Distinguishing and Stratifying Principle -- The Importance of ‘Us’, Categories of Belonging -- State–People Relations in Ethiopia -- Continuity and Preconditions for Change -- ReferencesAvailable from: 2009-09-29 Created: 2009-09-22 Last updated: 2009-09-29Bibliographically approved

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