20/11/2019 – GTD Colloquium: Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh

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Date(s) - 20/11/19
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Grote Gracht 80-82, Spiegelzaal (Soiron Building) Maastricht

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The topic of this lecture is: “Dissonance and Synergy between Global Children’s Rights Norms and Local Discourses About the Transition from Childhood to Adulthood in Ghana”


Much has been written about the dissonance that exists between children’s rights standards and the reality of children’s lives in the Global South. What has received less attention, however, is the fact these laws are being implemented in countries affected by global social change and the legacy of historical developments. Therefore, this paper seeks to move beyond a focus on the dissonance between global children’s rights norms and local realities and instead, explore the extent to which it is possible to identify both distinctions and commonalities in conceptualisations of childhood between local and global discourses with a focus on Ghana as well as the reasons for any synergies that do exist in childhood constructions and children’s lived experiences.


About Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh

Afua Twum-Danso Imoh is a Lecturer in the Sociology of Childhood at the University of Sheffield. Since obtaining her PhD from the Centre of West African Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK) ten years ago, she has managed nine funded research and networking projects focusing on children’s lives and wellbeing in predominately Ghana and Nigeria. Her work has been published in a number of edited collections as well as in a range of peer-reviewed. She is also the lead co-editor of three edited collections: Childhoods at the Intersection of the Global and the Local (published by Palgrave in October 2012), Children’s Lives in an Era of Children’s Rights: The Progress of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Africa (published by Routledge in December 2013) and Global Childhoods Beyond the North-South Divide: Palgrave Studies on Children and Development (published by Palgrave, January 2019).