I just became a member of Open Anthropology Cooperative and would like to find out if there are other scholars:
- working on or interested in children in North Africa and the Sahara, and/or
- doing research on children’s play, games and toys in non-western societies.
As a sociocultural anthropologist I do research on North African and Saharan children in rural areas and popular quarters of towns, and especially on these children's play and toy cultures. In this context I did fieldwork in the Tunisian Sahara (1975, 1977) and continue to do so in Morocco (1992-today). I am interested in tradition but also in the evolution of children's culture and the impact of globalisation. Moreover, I use my information for intercultural activities and global education. For more information see my website www.sanatoyplay.org
Jean-Pierre Rossie, Ghent, Belgium
see also the facebook group "Toys created by Children - Jouets créés par des Enfants" with the following videos:
- Toys created by Moroccan children: toys for games of skill
- Toys created by Moroccan children: toy animals
- Toys created by Moroccan children: dolls
Jean-Pierre Rossie's Blog
While sometimes suffering under poverty, sickness and oppression children are at the same time active participants in creating the society and culture in which they grow up. Therefore, children's culture should be rightly recognized as an integral part of the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity.
As far as I could find out, the UNESCO program for safeguarding the tangible and intangible Heritage of Humanity (http://portal.unesco.org/culture) does not… Continue
Posted on August 7, 2009 at 6:44pm — 4 Comments