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The value of a child: marginal children and the law in contemporary Tanzania

B Rwezaura

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 14, issue 3, pages 326-364
Published in print December 2000 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online December 2000 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI:
The value of a child: marginal children and the law in contemporary Tanzania

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This essay argues that child discrimination exists in Tanzania. That such discrimination is largely located within the family and its victims are children who are not highly valued by their caretakers. Why certain families attach different value to their children is hard to answer. However, it is argued in this essay that child discrimination is a consequence of a complex interplay of the economic, social and cultural forces. Its occurrence exposes the underlying relations of gender and patriarchy. It also exposes the detrimental effects of the market economy on local communities and social groups. This essay challenges the popular image of the family as a homogeneous entity based on altruistic notions of harmony and mutual support. While it advocates support for the family this essay also argues for the introduction of new family relations based on principles of equity and social justice. Both aspects, it is submitted, are essential to achieve the best interests of vulnerable family members including children.

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