Professor Ernest Nene Khalema of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies has co-edited a book titled: Children in South African Families - Lives and Times.
Khalema’s co-editors were Professor Monde Makiwane of the Human Sciences Research Council and Professor Mzikazi Nduna of the University of the Witwatersrand.
The book covers both conceptual and theoretical questions which explore the context of children’s experiences, especially in diverse family formations and non-marital childbearing and diverse parenting situations in South Africa.
The book even uses examples from a range of primary and secondary data sources to illustrate how resilience in children faced with adversity could be nurtured, demonstrating the links between theory and practice. It also critically comments on questions of epistemology by drawing on research with children within different African social and cultural contexts.
Khalema said: ‘While the book affirms the complexities of explaining child adversity or privilege, it stresses the diversity of South African children’s experiences and the importance of adopting both children’s rights and Afro-centric perspectives to account for the commonality and diversity of childhood and children’s empowerment in diverse family systems.
‘The contributions also provide recommendations on how to respond and intervene in children’s issues, from both practical and policy levels, in a dedicated manner to ensure that children are protected from harm, nurtured to succeed, and assisted during and after traumatic experiences,’ he added.
The book represents a valuable resource for scholars, policy makers, child practitioners, and students in the broad areas of the humanities, social sciences, and public health.
The book is available from Cambridge Scholars Publishers Amazon.
* Khalema is an Associate Professor and Academic Leader of Community Development in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies. He is a former Chief Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council and former Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Calgary in Canada. Before joining UKZN, he taught social science, social work, community development and public health at numerous institutions in Canada. He is a co-editor of several books and has written widely in the areas of African development and population studies, sustainable development, African diasporas, migration, and community health.