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Transfers of belonging : child fostering in West Africa in the 20th century / by Erdmute Alber.

Author/Creator:
Alber, Erdmute, author.
Publication:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
xiv, 269 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
African-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (Series) ; v. 19.
Africa-Europe group for interdisciplinary studies ; volume 19
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Standardized Title:
Soziale Elternschaft im Wandel. English
Subjects:
Children -- Africa, West.
Families -- Africa, West.
Foster children -- Africa, West.
Bariba (African people).
Kinship.
Socialization.
Africa, West -- Social life and customs.
Children.
Families.
Foster children.
Manners and customs.
West Africa.
Summary:
In 'Transfers of Belonging', Erdmute Alber 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, 'Transfers of Belonging' offers a new theoretical frame for conceptualizing parenting.
Contents:
Introduction
Theoretical approaches and concepts on child fostering
Parenthood in rural Borgu
Child fostering in the twentieth century
Conclusion.
Notes:
"This book was published in 2013 in German under the title Soziale Elternschaft im Wandel. Kindheit, Verwandtschaft und Zugehorigkeit in Westafrika by Dietrich Reimer Verlag, Berlin, Germany."
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Alber, Erdmute. Transfers of belonging.
ISBN:
9789004359802
900435980X
OCLC:
1015830495