Transfers of belonging : child fostering in West Africa in the 20th century / by Erdmute Alber.

Author
Alber, Erdmute [Browse]
Uniform title
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Description
xiv, 269 pages ; 24 cm.

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Subject(s)
Series
  • African-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (Series) ; v. 19. [More in this series]
  • Africa-Europe group for interdisciplinary studies ; volume 19
Summary note
In 'Transfers of Belonging', Erdmute Alber traces the history of child fostering in northern Benin from the pre-colonial past to the present by pointing out the embeddedness of child foster practices and norms in a wider political process of change. Child fostering was, for a long time, not just one way of raising children, but seen as the appropriate way of doing so. This changed profoundly with the arrival of European ideas about birth parents being the?right? parents, but also with the introduction of schooling and the differentiation of life chances. Besides providing deep historical and ethnographical insights, 'Transfers of Belonging' offers a new theoretical frame for conceptualizing parenting.
Notes
"This book was published in 2013 in German under the title Soziale Elternschaft im Wandel. Kindheit, Verwandtschaft und Zugehorigkeit in Westafrika by Dietrich Reimer Verlag, Berlin, Germany."
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Theoretical approaches and concepts on child fostering
  • Parenthood in rural Borgu
  • Child fostering in the twentieth century
  • Conclusion.
ISBN
  • 9789004359802 ((paperback ; : alkaline paper))
  • 900435980X ((paperback ; : alkaline paper))
LCCN
2018001127
OCLC
1015830495
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