ERIC Number: ED180581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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West African Families in Britain: A Meeting of Two Cultures.
Ellis, June, Ed.
This book discusses the particular social work needs of West African foreign students and their families in Britain. These needs are elucidated by reference to aspects of traditional West African society, with special attention given to the extended family, to its importance in the lives of individuals, and to the major part it plays in the socialization of children. Problems stemming from cultural differences are discussed and the readiness of West Africans to turn to fostering (placement in foster homes), almost inevitably private fostering, are explained. The authors give detailed coverage of fostering, including the complexities of the legal provisions and the dangers of long-term fostering. It is argued that the 1975 Children Act, which strengthens the position of foster parents vis-a-vis natural parents, could undermine the security of some West African foster children. Suggestions are made for effective social work, including the need for a greater understanding of West African society by social workers. (Author/SS)
Descriptors: Child Care, Child Rearing, College Students, Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Foster Children, Higher Education, Legislation, Social Workers, Student Problems
Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., Ayer Building, Lawrence, MA 01843 ($15.50)
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Africa (West); England; Ghana; Nigeria