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The Sacrificed GenerationYouth, History, and the Colonized Mind in Madagascar$
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Lesley Sharp

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229501

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229501.001.0001

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The Social Worth of Children

The Social Worth of Children

(p.252) Chapter 8 The Social Worth of Children
The Sacrificed Generation

Lesley A. Sharp

University of California Press

This chapter studies localized readings of success and failure in school and beyond, and examines the social worth of children in Ambanja. It first narrates the sudden death of a valuable young man who becomes a victim of lethal magic (often used by adults or other students against the most gifted students) that is used against him by an unknown rival, thus underscoring the fragility of school success. Next, it identifies forms of success that lie beyond the schoolyard, while noting those values that make children so precious. This chapter shows that the value of students hinges on both the adults' deep economic and emotional investments in their children.

Keywords:   social worth, lethal magic, school success, value of students, parental investments

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