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
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
Children’s Movements as Citizenship from Below
Epilogue: Childhoods and Children’s Rights Beyond Postcolonial Paternalism