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Aston University public lecture
Street Life as Labour: Children Making Their Way in Ghana’s Informal Economy
by Professor Phil Mizen
Thursday 14th April 2016, 6.30pm
Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6th Floor, Main Building, Aston University, B4 7ET.
Free to attend and open to all
About the speaker
Phil Mizen is the Head of Sociology and Policy at Aston University School of Languages and Social Sciences.
About the lecture
Estimates of the number of street children are notoriously unreliable but it is beyond doubt that the number has increased significantly in recent years. Travelling alone or with family or friends, more and more children arrive in the major cities where they need to eke out an existence on the streets as part of the ‘informal economy’. It is tempting to regard these children as either troubled or troubling, and it is certainly the case that these children stand outside notions of what a ‘normal’ childhood should involve. This lecture suggests that we need to take care when making such easy assumptions.
Drawing upon over 10 years of research in Accra, Ghana, Professor Phil Mizen explores how children actively make their way on the streets and the problems to survival this poses.
6:30pm start with tea and coffee from 6.00pm. A buffet will follow the lecture. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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