The Time of Youth: Work, Social Change, and Politics in Africa

The Time of Youth Work Social Change and Politics in Africa Most young Africans are living in waithood a period of suspension between childhood and adulthood Failed neo liberal economic policies bad governance and political instability have caused stable job

  • Title: The Time of Youth: Work, Social Change, and Politics in Africa
  • Author: Alcinda Manuel Honwana
  • ISBN: 9781565494725
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • Most young Africans are living in waithood, a period of suspension between childhood and adulthood Failed neo liberal economic policies, bad governance and political instability have caused stable jobs to disappear without jobs that pay living wages, these young people cannot support families, thus becoming fully participating members of society As this limbo becomes pMost young Africans are living in waithood, a period of suspension between childhood and adulthood Failed neo liberal economic policies, bad governance and political instability have caused stable jobs to disappear without jobs that pay living wages, these young people cannot support families, thus becoming fully participating members of society As this limbo becomes pervasive and prolonged, waithood in Africa becomes seemingly permanent, gradually replacing conventional adulthood And with the deepening of the world economic crisis, youth in Europe, North America and other parts of the world face the same crisis of joblessness and restricted futures.In The Time of Youth, Alcinda Honwana examines the lives of young people in Africa, drawing on in depth interviews in four countries Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia While the case studies are local to Africa, the book argues that the waithood generation is global, and possesses a tremendous transformative potential, as young people believe the struggle to overcome their predicament requires radical social and political change From riots and protests in the streets of Maputo, Dakar, Madrid, London, New York and Santiago, to revolutions that overthrow dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, the waithood generation is taking upon itself to redress the wrongs of contemporary society and remake the world.

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    1. "The Time of Youth is one of the most comprehensive considerations to date of the situation of young people in contemporary Africa -- their social, economic, and political location, and the diverse imaginings with which the seek to reproduce and reform their worlds. Focusing on a careful comparison of four national contexts in which youth, deprived of the means of sustaining adult existence, strive to reshape the landscape of civic life, Honwana convinces us that the African cases reveal what is [...]

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