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    “Bringing a Girl from the Village”: gender, child migration and domestic service in post-colonial Zambia

    Hepburn, Sacha (2016) “Bringing a Girl from the Village”: gender, child migration and domestic service in post-colonial Zambia. In: Razy, E. and Rodet, M. (eds.) Children on the Move in Africa: Past and Present Experiences of Migration. Woodbridge, UK: James Currey, pp. 69-84. ISBN 9781847011381.

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    Book synopsis: A timely interdisciplinary, comparative and historical perspective on African childhood migration that draws on the experience of children themselves to look at where, why and how they move - within and beyond the continent - andthe impact of African child migration globally. Children in Africa are heavily involved in migration but we know too little about the circumstances in which they migrate, their motivations and the impact of migration on their welfare, on wider society and in a global context. This book seeks to retrieve the experiences of child migrants, and to examine how child migration differs from adult migration and whether the condition of childhood pushes individuals towards specific migratory trajectories. It also examines the opportunities that child migrants seek elsewhere, the lack of opportunities that make them move elsewhere and to what extent their trajectories and strategies are gendered. Analysing the diversity and complexity of children's experiences of mobility in Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Sudan, Togo and Zambia, the authors look at patterns of fosterage, child circulation within Africa and beyond the continent; therole of education, child labour and conceptions of place and "home"; and the place of the child narrator in migrant fiction. Comparing different methodological and theoretical approaches and setting the case studies within the broader context of family migration, transnational families, colonial and postcolonial migration politics, religious encounter and globalization in Africa, this book provides a much-needed examination of this contentious and critical issue.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Sacha Hepburn
    Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2021 08:35
    Last Modified: 10 Jul 2021 05:05
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/41864

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