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Discourses/3. Kenya: Challenging Negative Perceptions around the ‘African Child’

  • Evelyn Wandia CorradoEmail author
  • Leena Helavaara Robertson
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Part of the International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development book series (CHILD, volume 25)

Abstract

Contemporary childhood studies have portrayed the ‘African child’ as one who is vulnerable and disadvantaged. The developing world construct is a ‘western’ preconceived label, which shapes a universal deprived position for Africans. Nonetheless, this dichotomy is not representative of most African childhoods, which are comfortable and remain unveiled.

The chapter argues that there is need to restructure the African childhood outlook, drawing from their perspectives. A critical analysis will concern the discourses of the ‘African child’ produced by the universal childhood theories, the African childhood accounts and also the current economic and social positions of Africa. The conclusion contends that the African childhood constructions should be re-assessed through ethnography and robust education, for emancipation. This supports the UN Convention rights of the Child’s recognition of children’s right of self-determination.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evelyn Wandia Corrado
    • 1
    Email author
  • Leena Helavaara Robertson
    • 1
  1. 1.Middlesex UniversityLondonUK

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