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Type: Book chapter
Title: The voices of African children
Author: Anyanwu, C.
Citation: The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children, 2021 / Green, L., Holloway, D., Stevenson, K., Leaver, T., Haddon, L. (ed./s), Ch.47, pp.500-507
Publisher: Routledge
Publisher Place: Abingdon, Oxon; United Kingdom
Issue Date: 2021
ISBN: 1351004085
Editor: Green, L.
Holloway, D.
Stevenson, K.
Leaver, T.
Haddon, L.
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Chika Anyanwu
Abstract: African children exhibit immense creativity in overcoming the challenges of digital participation. Those children who go online embrace many opportunities but also face specific cultural risks. These include ‘cultural amnesia’ (Mazrui, 2013) and ‘homelessness’ (Khosravi, 2011). Some children can find it difficult to reconcile their cultural identity with their digital identity. This chapter explores how African sociocultural theories and principles of Ubuntu and Asuwada influence the way children participate in online environments. Examining how socioeconomic and technological challenges limit African children’s engagement with information communication technology, the chapter concludes with a range of suggestions to support African children’s digital agency.
Rights: © 2021 Taylor & Francis. The right of Lelia Green, Donell Holloway, Kylie Stevenson, Tama Leaver, and Leslie Haddon to be identified as the authors of the editorial material, and of the authors for their individual chapters, has been asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.4324/9781351004107-47
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