Publisher: African Studies Association

“Village Life is Better Than Town Life”: Identity, Migration, and Development In The Lives of Ugandan Child Citizens

Kristen E. Cheney
KEYWORDS: “Village Life Is Better Than Town Life”: Identity, Migration, and Development in the Lives of Ugandan Child Citizens

ABSTRACT:

This article contextualizes Ugandan urban–rural relations through urban children's knowledge, imaginations, and experiences, which are affected by the present sociohistoric moment in Uganda. Influenced by urban–rural migration, changing notions of family and kinship, and the national government's prolific “development-through-education” campaign, urban schoolchildren imagine “the village” both as an integral imaginary space of ethnic identity origination and a location for fulfillment of national citizenship through development.




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