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The Construction of Childhood

  • Victoria Flavia Namuggala
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Part of the Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood book series (CCSC)

Abstract

This chapter traces historical construction informing standardized childhood notions. These include the United Nations declarations on children, the African regional frameworks on childhood, and the Uganda Government conceptualization of childhood. It also draws linkages among these international, regional, and national frameworks. Specifically, I examine the numeric age as a determinant of childhood (and adulthood) in Africa. The chapter argues that mainstream Western notions inform dominant notions of childhood. As such they do not necessarily reflect the experiences of other regions, especially in the Global South. The chapter concludes that universalistic frameworks are crucial for setting up standards under which childhood safety can be generally monitored. However, universal frameworks need to be domesticated and localized if the intended recipients’ specific needs and concerns are to be catered for efficiently.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Makerere UniversityKampalaUganda

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