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Title:Child-rearing and child-care in a South African nomadic community
Author:Steyn, RianaISNI
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:child care
child rearing
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
Women and Their Children
Abstract:The Karretjie people (Donkey Cart people) of the Colesberg district of the South African Karoo are a nomadic community characterized not only by the geographical mobility of both adults and children, but also by the movement of individuals between different domestic units. This article focuses on children and examines what it means to grow up as a Karretjie itinerant. It pays attention to life at the outspans, health and education. It shows that deprivation with regard to accommodation, health care and formal education may be regarded as the main factors perpetuating the hardship suffered by children and their vulnerability. Patterns of mutual aid and responsibility for child rearing and childcare help children to come to terms with the harsh realities of their world. Bibliogr., sum.