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ERIC Number: EJ823607
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
The Rehabilitation Paradox: Street-Working Children in Afghanistan
Williams, Christopher; Yazdani, Farzaneh
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v3 n1 p4-20 Jan 2009
International humanitarian intervention in Afghanistan reflects a policy discourse of "rehabilitation," which is very evident in relation to nongovernmental organization (NGO) projects for street-working children. Through analysing national and international policy, professional perceptions of the children, and field visits to see how policy relates to practice in NGO projects in Kabul, this article argues that the discourse is a "rehabilitation paradox." The international goal is to return "minority" children, who are numerically the majority, to a "mainstream," which is either mythical or a transient international elite. John Gray argues that Western utopianism explains the misguided nature of recent international military interventions, and this article extends that argument to rehabilitation. Without a concept of rehabilitation, "intervention" can be an act of wanton destruction. Policymakers need to be aware of how education can become complicit in the political arguments that are used to legitimise questionable interventions. It is proposed that, conceptually and practically, "habilitation" would be a more appropriate goal. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan