Item description for Navigating Youth, Generating Adulthood: Social Becoming in an African Context by Catrine Christiansen...
This book focuses on the lives and experiences of young people in Africa. On agents who, willingly or unwillingly, see themselves as belonging to the socio-generational category of youth and the ways in which they seek to shape and unfold their lives in a positive manner. Rather than seeing youth as either a social or cultural entity in itself, or as a predefined life-stage, the book argues for an exploration of how youth position themselves and are positioned within generational categories. In studying young people, social scientists must conceptualise youth as both social being and social becoming; a position in movement. It is from the duality of being positioned and seeking one's own socio-generational position that this book engages in the debate on contemporary African youth.
The chapters are based on ethnographic research across the African continent and provide in-depth analyses of the perceptions, positions, possibilities, and practices of diverse groups of young people.
The book will be of value to scholars and students of African studies and social science interested in this major, yet marginalized, social category in contemporary Africa.
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Studio: Nordic Africa Institute
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.11" Width: 5.67" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Publisher Nordic Africa Institute
ISBN 9171065784 ISBN13 9789171065780
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More About Catrine Christiansen
Catrine Christiansen is a researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute and an anthropologist from Copenhagen University, where she is also a lecturer.