Children’s Understandings of Health and Illness in Northern Namibia. We Have a Lot to Tell

  • Foreword by Ross Parson
  • Language: English
  • Vol. 25, 2022
  • ISBN 978-3-906927-43-5
  • eISBN 978-3-906927-44-2
  • ISSN 2234-9561
  • eISSN 2297-458X
Rosa Persendt

Children’s Understandings of Health and Illness in Northern Namibia. We Have a Lot to Tell

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Children’s Understandings of Health and Illness in Northern Namibia—We Have a Lot to Tell explores the daily worlds of children in the Ohangewena region, sharing their involvement and eager voices on health and illness in northern Namibia. In particular, this ethnographical study, based on one year of fieldwork, reflects on the openness that is required in giving recognition to the children’s ideas, their knowledge, in providing support to individuals in the homestead and how their agency is best recognised. The study highlights children’s views, presents children as social actors in their own right and documents their perspectives on, and participation in, the social world. This work acknowledges that even though children may not occupy central social, political and economic roles in society, it is important to see that they have agency and can and do make active contributions to society.

Rosa Persendt obtained her PhD from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand for the thesis which comprises this book. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Namibia in Windhoek.

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