African Childhoods: Education, Development, Peacebuilding, and the Youngest Continent

Free sample

With 70 per cent of its people under the age of 30, Africa is the world's youngest continent. African youngsters have been largely characterized as either vulnerable victims of the frequent humanitarian crises that plague their homelands, or as violent militarized youth and 'troubled' gang members. Young people's contributions to processes of educational provision, peace building and participatory human development in Africa are often ignored. While acknowledging the profound challenges associated with growing up in an environment of uncertainty and deprivation, African Childhoods sheds light on African children's often constructive engagement with a variety of societal conditions, adverse or otherwise, and their ability to positively influence their own lives and those of others.
Read more

About the author

KRISTEN CHENEY International Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands CATI COE Rutgers University, USA ELENA COLONNA Istituto de Educação, Universidade do Minho, Portugal C. NANA DERBY Virginia State University, USA BRADLEY E. ENSOR Eastern Michigan University, USA ANDREW EPSTEIN University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA LAUREL FELT Réseau Africain d'Education pour la Santé, Senegal FRANCIS GODWYLL Rhodes University, South Africa JULIA R. HANEBRINK Minority Health International Research Training TRICIA M. REDEKER HEPNER University of Tennessee, USA HANNAH HÖCHNER University of Development, University of Oxford, UK JOHN IDRISS LAHAI University of New England, Australia SIPHOKAZI MAGADLA Rhodes University, South Africa BONODJI NAKO University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA ALEXANDRE RIDEAU Réseau Africain d'Education pour la Santé, Senegal ALANYA J. SMITH Minority Health International Research Training THERESE MUNGAH SHALO TCHOMBE Center for Research in Child and Family Development, University of Buea, Cameroon TAMMY Y. WATKINS Organization for Tropical Studies BETHANY WILINSKI University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Read more

Additional Information

Read more
Published on
Sep 7, 2012
Read more
Read more
Read more
Read more
Political Science / General
Political Science / World / African
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Children's Studies
Social Science / General
Social Science / Sociology / General
Social Science / Sociology / Marriage & Family
Read more
Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
Read more

Reading information

Smartphones and Tablets

Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.

Laptops and Computers

You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.

eReaders and other devices

To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.
An unforgettable firsthand account of a people's response to genocide and what it tells us about humanity.

This remarkable debut book chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighboring states since 1994, when the Rwandan government called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Though the killing was low-tech--largely by machete--it was carried out at shocking speed: some 800,000 people were exterminated in a hundred days. A Tutsi pastor, in a letter to his church president, a Hutu, used the chilling phrase that gives Philip Gourevitch his title.

With keen dramatic intensity, Gourevitch frames the genesis and horror of Rwanda's "genocidal logic" in the anguish of its aftermath: the mass displacements, the temptations of revenge and the quest for justice, the impossibly crowded prisons and refugee camps. Through intimate portraits of Rwandans in all walks of life, he focuses on the psychological and political challenges of survival and on how the new leaders of postcolonial Africa went to war in the Congo when resurgent genocidal forces threatened to overrun central Africa.

Can a country composed largely of perpetrators and victims create a cohesive national society? This moving contribution to the literature of witness tells us much about the struggle everywhere to forge sane, habitable political orders, and about the stubbornness of the human spirit in a world of extremity.

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

©2018 GoogleSite Terms of ServicePrivacyDevelopersArtistsAbout Google|Location: United StatesLanguage: English (United States)
By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.