ISBN 9789956762255
Pages 152
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Published 2015
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Canadian Institutions And Children's Best Interests

by Peter Ateh-Afac Fossungu

From Momany's wealthy and agonizing expibasketism so much can be drawn to teach about, demote or promote, and to portray Canada as it has never been properly understood; not only by outsiders but also by Canadians themselves. This book makes an extensive and detailed use of that basket of experience to deliver the message that Canada is not at all the 'children's-best-interests-friendly' nation that it is often mistaken for. Canada may be entitled to what it claims to be. But, since a country or community can only be correctly seen through the workings of the institutions that incarnate it, this study has dared to show a contrary portrait. It documents and proves the theorization that most of the country's institutions that are supposedly there to carter for and protect children and promote their well being and glowing avenir often end up in reality instead actively working against the said children and all what their best interest should properly signify. The hope is that the experts in the relevant fields can find the material presented herein useful for their further specialized and in-depth analyses and sane policy formulation.

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Review

"This is one of the most interesting and critical but nuanced texts I have reviewed in the past few years. It’s more of an anthropological text on Canadian institutions based on rigorous ethnographic findings. The text is important in that it reverses the common trend, particularly in disciplines such as social anthropology, cultural studies, and ethnology that have a tendency of studying African societies without committing their resources and energies in understanding European and American societies. In the aforementioned disciplines, universities in the West and the Americas normally send their students and researchers to carry out fieldwork in Africa while African universities hardly send their researchers to study European and American societies. Neither do European and American universities sponsor African students and researchers to come to their countries to study their respective societies. It is in this light that I consider the present work as one that contributes immensely to geopolitics, the politics of knowledge production, and the field of social sciences in general."

Munyaradzi Mawere, Associate Professor, Faculty of Culture and Heritage Studies, Great Zimbabwe University
About the Author

Peter Ateh-Afac Fossungu

Peter Ateh-Afac Fossungu  is currently an independent researcher in Montréal, Canada, He has taught law in Cameroon at the Université de Yaoundé (1989-91) and University of Buea (1994-95). He holds a Docteur en Droit (Université de Montréal, 2000), and two Master of Laws (McGill University, 1997 ; University of Alberta, 1992). He has published extensively on various aspects of society and life in Cameroon and Africa.

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