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Title:Researching colonial childhoods: images and representations of children in Nigerian newspaper press, 1925-1950
Author:Aderinto, SaheedISNI
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Geographic term:Nigeria
urban society
colonial period
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/history_in_africa/v039/39.1.aderinto.pdf
Abstract:This article takes an introductory excursion into newspaper sources for researching urban Nigerian children's history during the colonial period. The author chose the following newspapers - the Lagos Daily News (LDN), the Nigerian Daily Times (NDT), and the West African Pilot (WAP), partly because they were all published daily during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, but also because they had divergent ideological positions. The newspaper items discussed range from highly coherent editorials and columnist debates, to fragmentary entries such as advertisements, photos/images, and announcements. The article situates the newspaper sources within the context of the circumstances under which they were produced and the prevailing politics of identity, gender, and agency, on the one hand, and the interaction between the forces of 'tradition' and 'modernity' on the other. Special attention is paid to the issues of children and education, children and motherhood, and children as consumers. These uncharted areas of Nigerian children's history render alternative perspectives on agency and the centrality of childhood to colonial State's ideas of progress, civilization, modernity and social stability. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]