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By Afua Twum-Danso Imoh, R. Ame

Childhoods on the Intersection of the neighborhood and the worldwide examines the imposition of the trendy Western proposal of adolescence, that is now deemed as common, on different cultures and explores how neighborhood groups react to those impositions in quite a few methods corresponding to manipulation, outright rejection and popularity. The publication discusses childhoods in numerous areas of the realm and boasts more than a few individuals from a number of educational disciplines akin to Sociology, Social paintings, schooling, Anthropology, Criminology and Human Rights, who're specialists at the areas they speak about. The ebook argues opposed to the inspiration of a common early life and illustrates that diversified societies worldwide have diverse notions of adolescence. This booklet is usually recommended studying for college kids, students and practitioners operating with kids within the worldwide South in addition to across the world.

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League of Nations (1924b: 176) Mrs Allan’s statement exemplifies the logic of universalization that informed political debates within the League of Nations. Explicit reference is made to ‘every part of the world’; but moreover, the statement 40 Universalizing Early Childhood is full of universalizing assumptions about what young children need and what is expected of them. What they need are mothers who should learn how to keep children healthy as well as carefully and regularly ‘observe’ them; teachers, who are believed to have ‘female qualities’ such as affection and love, to assist them ‘to develop into normal, happy children’.

This shows that while the African Charter has indeed been influenced by the Convention and hence bought into its vision of childhood and child protection, it does not merely imbibe global ideals. Instead, the drafters have assessed the principles and provisions of the Convention and adapted them to suit a context within which the physical punishment of children is not only widely prevalent, but is seen as an essential ingredient to the childrearing process (see TwumDanso Imoh’s second chapter, this volume).

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