Introduction: Exploring Children’s Lives Beyond the Binary of the Global North and Global South

  • Afua Twum-Danso ImohEmail author
  • Michael Bourdillon
  • Sylvia Meichsner
Part of the Palgrave Studies on Children and Development book series (PSCD)


While there are significant differences in the experiences of the majority of children in the Global South compared to those in the Global North, too sharp a focus on differences encourages binary dichotomies between childhoods in these world areas, and more generally, it encourages binary thinking in terms of “them” as opposed to “us”. This volume, therefore, challenges common restricted ways of thinking about childhoods and instead directs attention to new and relevant insights arising from a mixture of theoretical and empirical papers, which consider not only the differences that exist but also the commonalities between children’s lives across the Global North and South or which take into account the various ways the global influences on the realities of children’s lives in their local contexts. This introduction situates the volume within relevant debates and introduces the collection of chapters presented in the volume.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Afua Twum-Danso Imoh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Bourdillon
    • 2
  • Sylvia Meichsner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociological StudiesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.African Studies Centre LeidenUniversity of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe

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