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Title:Transfers of Belonging: Child Fostering in West Africa in the 20th Century
Author:Alber, ErdmuteISNI
Year:2018
ISSN:1574-6925
Issue:19
Pages:244
Language:English
Series:Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies
City:Leiden
Publisher:Brill
ISBN:9789004360419
Geographic terms:Benin
West Africa
Subjects:foster care
children
Abstract:The author 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, this book offers a new theoretical frame for conceptualizing parenting.
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