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How can children simultaneously be the most important and least powerful people in a nation? In her innovative ethnography of Ugandan childrenand#8212;the pillars of tomorrowand#8217;s Uganda, according to the national youth anthemand#8212;Kristen E. Cheney answers this question by exploring the daily contradictions children face as they try to find their places amid the countryand#8217;s rapidly changing social conditions.

Drawing on the detailed life histories of several children, Cheney shows that children and childhood are being redefined by the desires of a young country struggling to position itself in the international community. She moves between urban schools, music festivals, and war zones to reveal how Ugandans are constructing childhood as an empowering identity for the development of the nation. Moreover, through her analysis of childrenand#8217;s rights ideology, national government strategy, and childrenand#8217;s everyday concerns, Cheney also shows how these young citizens are vitally linked to the global political economy as they navigate the pitfalls and possibilities for a brighter tomorrow.

About the Author

Kristen E. Cheney is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Dayton.

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Introduction: The Role of Ugandan Child Citizens in the Struggle for National Development

Chapter 1: Global Rights Discourses, National Developments, and Local Childhoods and#160;

Part One: Crucial Components of Child Citizenship

Chapter 2: and#8220;Education for Alland#8221;: The Dilemma of Childrenand#8217;s Educational Attainment, National Development, and Class Mobility

Chapter 3: and#8220;Speaking the English of a Ugandan Personand#8221;: The Intersections of Childrenand#8217;s Identity Formation

Chapter 4: Childrenand#8217;s Political Socialization: Engagement and Disempowerment

Part Two: Actualizations

Chapter 5: and#8220;Village Life Is Better Than Town Lifeand#8221;: Identity, Migration, and Development in the Lives of Ugandan Child Citizens

Chapter 6: and#8220;Our Children Have Only Known Warand#8221;: The Predicament of Children and Childhood in Northern Uganda

Chapter 7: and#8220;Did the Constitution Produce My Children!?and#8221; Cultural Production and Contestation in Ugandaand#8217;s National Primary School Music Festivals





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Sally Jean Carlson, January 21, 2011 (view all comments by Sally Jean Carlson)
This book could not have come into my life at a better time. I found myself perusing the East African section in Powell's due to my personal interest and from the moment I picked it up in the store I had a hard time putting it down. It has traveled with me throughout America and Uganda reaching places it held within its pages such as Kampala. I have told every individual that discussed Ugandan education with me about this book. I am blessed to be involved in a school in Iganga, Uganda and the insight that Cheney gave to me on the overall education system of Uganda and the history of it has contributed to our organization (Musana Children's Home) to continue to look at all aspects of our children and not just the educational one. What Cheney wrote is well respected myself and Musana Children's Home. She has created a greater impact from the small ripple of her book than she knows.
Thanks Kristen Cheney!
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Child Citizens and Ugandan National Development
Cheney, Kristen E.
University Of Chicago Press
Children's Studies
Sociology - General
Anthropology - Cultural
Children's rights
Children and war -- Uganda.
Children's rights -- Uganda.
anthropology;cultural anthropology
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Professional and scholarly
14 halftones, 2 maps, 1 figure, 4 tables
9 x 6 in

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