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Title:Child fostering in West Africa: new perspectives on theory and practices
Editors:Alber, ErdmuteISNI
Martin, JeannettISNI
Year:2013
Issue:9
Pages:250
Language:English
Series:Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) (ISSN 1574-6925)
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:Brill
ISBN:9789004250574; 9789004250611
Geographic terms:West Africa
Benin
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Ghana
Subjects:foster care
kinship
legislation
External link:https://www.asclibrary.nl/docs/410749907-001.pdf
Abstract:The aim of this book is to revitalize the study of child fostering as an important research topic in its own right, to reconnect recent studies on fostering to the classical studies of Esther N. Goody (1982) and Suzanne Lallemand (1988), and to study fostering with all its local, national and international dimensions and complexities. The book seeks to contribute to overcoming the dichotomy between 'the West and the rest' (Janet Carsten, 2004) by looking at social kinship in Africa in a comparative and interconnected way. The first part deals with theories of child fostering in the West African context. The second part presents four ethnographic case studies, situated respectively in Benin, Ghana, Cameroon and Cape Verde, in which both classical and new anthropological approaches to kinship are considered. The third part is dedicated to the aspect of law, with one chapter adopting a historical approach focussing on the beginning of the twentieth century, and one chapter adopting a legal approach concentrating on recent times. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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