Azher Hameed Qamar

Azher Hameed Qamar
Lund University | LU · School of Social Work

PhD - Interdisciplinary Child Research (NTNU, Norway)

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The term “the value of the child” was coined by economists in the context of demographic transition and fertility, emphasizing economic and cultural aspects. However, the scope of the value of the child was confined to a cost-benefit analysis. The “social value of the child” is a comprehensive concept that encompasses the economic, psychological, s...
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This pictorial presentation of childhood aims to provide a visual depiction of the social value of the children in rural Punjabi socio-cultural context. I took these photographsin a village in south Punjab, Pakistan while doing an ethnographic inquiry about infant healthcare belief practices and the social value of the child in rural Punjab.
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The study aims to explore the evil eye belief practices among Saraiki mothers in a village in South Punjab, Pakistan. This study unfolds three aspects of the evil eye phenomenon; first, the ‘diagnosis’ of the evil eye that constitute the ineffectiveness of the available modern medicine, second the socio-cultural nexus of folk medical system and unm...
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Este estudio explora las prácticas basadas en la creencia del mal de ojo entre las madres Saraiki de un pueblo del sur de Punjab, Pakistán. Este estudio despliega tres aspectos del fenómeno del mal de ojo; en primer lugar, el "diagnóstico" del mal de ojo que descarta la ineficacia de la medicina moderna disponible; en segundo lugar, el nexo sociocu...
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As a result of the devastating health effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, the lockdown has been considered a safety measure in many countries. In Pakistan, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in February 2020. The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate people’s risk perception and protective behavior during the lockdown. Twenty-two...
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This study aimed to investigate the responses of university students (late adolescents) about their conceptualization of a child, exploring the characteristics they associate with being a child. The study was conducted in two phases. In phase 1, responses to one open-ended question, what is a child? (N=75), were analyzed using qualitative content a...
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In Pakistani society family as a unit of the socio-cultural system is a primary institution for children upbringing and socialization. However, in the last few decades with the increased divorce rate in Pakistani families, the psychosocial wellbeing of women and children is badly affected. In Pakistani socio-cultural context divorce and adjustment...
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Purpose In last few decades, the native anthropology has been highlighted for its potential to immediately grasping cultural familiarity, contextual sensitivity, and rapport building. Nevertheless, detachment from the native context is also seen as a challenge for the native researcher. This paper aims to provide invaluable information about the fi...
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Using my own teaching experience in quarantined-at-home settings, I describe and reflect on my e-learning plan and its implementation. I am teaching two groups of undergraduate students consisting of 80 students. I taught half of the course content during the first half of the semester in a formal university setting. However, after the novel corona...
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This paper is a scholarly endeavor to theoretically situate the notion of motherhood in feminist debates. To unearth the parallels and interconnections between the social value of the child and the social value of the ‘mother’. To bring to light two contradictory images of ‘motherhood’ in feminist debates.
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The Punjabi postpartum tradition is called sawa mahina (‘five weeks’). This study investigates infant health care belief practices in rural Punjab and looks at the social significance of infant care beliefs practiced during sawa mahina. During six months of fieldwork, using participant observation and unstructured interviews as primary research met...
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The belief in the evil eye is associated with feelings of envy that brings harm to children. In Punjabi Muslim culture the evil eye is a threat to a child’s health before and after birth. This article investigates the “evil eye” belief and protective measures adopted by Punjabis to refract it. The study was conducted in a Pakistani Punjabi village....
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In the West, childhood is considered a right of children to be free from adult-world responsibilities. However, in a non-Western context, children with gradual progress in their biological age and physical development participate in the adult world according to their livelihood conditions and social context. They are perceived as competent to play...
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Consulting religion and magic for healing is an important aspect of healing belief practices. Magical thinking provides space for culturally cognitive patterns to integrate belief practices. Tona, a layman’s approach to healing that describes magico-religious (fusion of magic and religion) and secular magic practices in rural Punjab, Pakistan, is a...
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This article deals with the concept of honor, shame and modesty of an Indian woman as depicted in popular Hindi movies and as described in religious and cultural traditions. 'Laj' or 'Lajja' are the Hindi words used for modesty, shame and honor of a woman. The concept 'Laj' is complex due to its sensitivity and the feelings that a woman has to expe...
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Evil is a power that may possess a human to commit sins. Evil is all negative, conflicting and opposing to the all positive ‘good’. Religious descriptions of evil and good often relate it to the opposing forces led by the Devil and God respectively where human is weak and vulnerable. Arrogance and envy are two satanic traits that occupy human natur...
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A brief presentation of UNCRC (1989), its historical and theoretical context and guiding principles.
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Informal education plays an important role in social construction of childhood. As gender is widely accepted classification of human being in male and female, the debates go beyond its natural status and place gender as social construct. This article gives a presentation of research reflection regarding the role of informal education in gender lear...
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Islam is known as an educational, social revolution in Arab that brought about lot of changes to eliminate all type of discrimination and to promote human rights on the basis of equality and equity. But, unfortunately, today there are certain traditional and cultural practices in different Muslim societies, which deprive women of certain rights tha...

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The project seeks to develop an in-depth analysis of the interface between infant care belief practices and the social construction and valuation of childhood in rural Pakistani context