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Decolonizing Childhoods

From Exclusion to Dignity

By Manfred Liebel

Published

6 May 2020

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1447356417

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Policy Press

Published

6 May 2020

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1447356400

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

6 May 2020

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1447356431

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

6 May 2020

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1447356431

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Decolonizing Childhoods

European colonization of other continents has had far-reaching and lasting consequences for the construction of childhoods and children’s lives throughout the world.

Liebel presents critical postcolonial and decolonial thought currents along with international case studies from countries in Africa, Latin America, and former British settler colonies to examine the complex and multiple ways that children throughout the Global South continue to live with the legacy of colonialism.

Building on the work of Cannella and Viruru, he explores how these children are affected by unequal power relations, paternalistic policies and violence by state and non-state actors, before showing how we can work to ensure that children’s rights are better promoted and protected, globally.

"This is a seminal book which works as a textbook, a teaching resource, and a highly significant contribution to knowledge. It is characterized by authority and enthusiasm."

Heather Montgomery, The Open University

Manfred Liebel is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Technical University Berlin and Lecturer on Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

Preface and acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I ~ How to Understand Childhoods in the Postcolonial Context

Childhoods From Postcolonial Perspectives

Colonialism and Colonization of Childhoods

Postcolonial Theories From the Global South

Part II ~ Children Under Colonial and Postcolonial Rule

State violence against children in British Empire and settler colonies

Racist civilization of children in Latin America

Pitfalls of postcolonial education and child policies in Africa

Part III ~ Children’s Rights and the Decolonization of Childhoods

Postcolonial Dilemmas of Children’s Rights

Beyond Paternalism: Plea for the De-Paternalization of Children’s Protection and Participation

Social Movements of Children As Citizenship From Below

Epilogue: Childhoods and Children’s Rights Beyond Postcolonial Paternalism