Child Migration in Africa
2011 (English)Book (Other academic)
Child Migration in Africa explores the mobility of children without their parents within West Africa. Drawing on the experiences of children from rural Burkina Faso and Ghana, the book provides rich material on the circumstances of children's voluntary migration and their experiences of it. Their accounts challenge the normative ideals of what a 'good' childhood is, which often underlie public debates about children's migration, education and work in developing countries.
The comparative study of Burkina Faso and Ghana highlights that social networks operate in ways that can be both enabling and constraining for young migrants, as can cultural views on age- and gender-appropriate behaviour. The book questions easily made assumptions regarding children's experiences when migrating independently of their parents and, by drawing parallels with children's migration in Latin America and Asia, contributes to analytical and cross-cultural understandings of childhood.
Part of the groundbreaking Africa Now series, Child Migration in Africa is an important and timely contribution to an under-researched area.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London, Uppsala: Zed Books, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2011. , 150 p.
Rural-urban migration, Labour migration, Labour mobility, Migrants, Youth, Children, Childhood, Living conditions, Social environment, Cultural identity, Livelihood, Interviews, West Africa, Burkina Faso, Ghana
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1329ISBN: 9781848134553 (print)ISBN: 9781848134560 (print)ISBN: 9781848134577 (E-book) (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-1329DiVA: diva2:387010
Contents: -- Chapter 1. Introduction: interrogating childhood and migration -- Chapter 2. Contexts of migration –- Chapter 3. Choosing to move: the reasons for rural children's migration -- Chapter 4. Journeys and arrivals: introductions to new social worlds -- Chapter 5. Navigating migrant life: processes of constructing identites -- Chapter 6. Moving on2011-01-132011-01-132015-05-26Bibliographically approved