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Author Cheney, Kristen E.

Title Pillars of the nation : child citizens and Ugandan national development / Kristen E. Cheney
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (x, 299 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction: the role of Ugandan child citizens in the struggle for national development -- Global rights discourses, national developments, and local childhoods -- Crucial components of child citizenship -- "Education for all": the dilemma of children's educational attainment, national development, and class mobility -- "Speaking the English of a Ugandan person": the intersections of children's identity formation -- Children's political socialization: engagement and disempowerment -- Actualizations -- "Village life is better than town life": identity, migration, and development in the lives of Ugandan child citizens -- "Our children have only known war": the predicament of children and childhood in northern Uganda -- "Did the constitution produce my children!?" Cultural production and contestation in Uganda's national primary school music festivals -- Epilogue
Summary How can children simultaneously be the most important and least powerful people in a nation? In her innovative ethnography of Ugandan children?the pillars of tomorrow?s Uganda, according to the national youth anthem?Kristen E. Cheney answers this question by exploring the daily contradictions children face as they try to find their places amid the country?s rapidly changing social conditions. Drawing on the detailed life histories of several children, Cheney shows that children and childhood are being redefined by the desires of a young country struggling to position itself in the internationa
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-294) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Children and war -- Uganda.
Children -- Uganda -- Social conditions.
Children's rights -- Uganda.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006039082
ISBN 0226102491 (electronic bk.)
9780226102498 (electronic bk.)