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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 children—the pillars of tomorrows Uganda, according to the national youth anthem—Kristen E. Cheney answers this question by exploring the daily contradictions children face as they try to find their places amid the countrys 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 childrens rights ideology, national government strategy, and childrens 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.

 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

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

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

Part One: Crucial Components of Child Citizenship

Chapter 2: “Education for All”: The Dilemma of Childrens Educational Attainment, National Development, and Class Mobility

Chapter 3: “Speaking the English of a Ugandan Person”: The Intersections of Childrens Identity Formation

Chapter 4: Childrens Political Socialization: Engagement and Disempowerment

Part Two: Actualizations

Chapter 5: “Village Life Is Better Than Town Life”: Identity, Migration, and Development in the Lives of Ugandan Child Citizens

Chapter 6: “Our Children Have Only Known War”: The Predicament of Children and Childhood in Northern Uganda

Chapter 7: “Did the Constitution Produce My Children!?” Cultural Production and Contestation in Ugandas National Primary School Music Festivals

Epilogue

Notes

References

Index

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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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226102481
Author:
Cheney, Kristen E.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Children's rights
Subject:
Children and war -- Uganda.
Subject:
Children's rights -- Uganda.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 halftones, 2 maps, 1 figure, 4 tables
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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