Does the Village Still Raise the Child?
A Collaborative Study of Changing Child-Rearing and Early Education in Kenya
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Considers the impacts of rapid social, economic, and cultural change on child-rearing and early education in Kenya.
Examining the degree to which Kenyan children are still communally raised, this book presents findings from a national collaborative study considering the impacts of rapid social, economic, and cultural change on child-rearing and early education in Kenya. The narratives of over 460 parents, grandparents, preschool teachers, children, and community leaders provide unique insights on the impacts of neo-colonial policies, "development" practices, and national austerity measures on everyday lives of families.
A unique aspect of this book is that it "decolonizes" research through sustained collaboration on all aspects of the study, from design and interview protocol development, to data collection and analysis, through dissemination. This book becomes, then, an invaluable model, for how to do thoughtful, collaborative, comparative research.
Beth Blue Swadener is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Kent State University and the coeditor (with Sally Lubeck) of Children and Families "At Promise": Deconstructing the Discourse of Risk, also published by SUNY Press, and coeditor (with Shirley A. Kessler) of Reconceptualizing the Early Childhood Curriculum: Beginning the Dialogue. Margaret Kabiru is Director of the Mwana Mwende Child Development Trust in Nairobi, and Anne Njenga is Lecturer of Early Childhood Education at Kenyatta University in Nairobi.
"Insightful. Substantive. Makes a major contribution to a sparse literature of early childhood and family ethnographies in Africa written from a collaborative 'decolonized' perspective. " — Valerie Polakow, author of Lives on the Edge: Single Mothers and Their Children in the Other America
"Remarkably fine coverage of social and economic variation as it exists in Kenya. A truly superb descriptive feat!" — Philip L. Kilbride, coauthor of Street Children in Kenya: Voices of Children in Search of a Childhood