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Title:Rebellious Youth in Colonial Africa
Author:Waller, Richard
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Africa
generation conflicts
colonial period
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4100566
Abstract:'That rebellious youth' in Africa alarmed colonial authorities and elders alike is increasingly an issue for historians. This article surveys the issue as an introduction to the two studies that follow in this issue of 'The Journal of African History'. It considers both the creation of images of youthful defiance as part of a debate about youth conducted largely by their seniors and the real predicaments faced by young people themselves. Concern revolved around the meanings of maturity in a changing world where models of responsible male and female adulthood, gendered expectations and future prospects were all in flux. Surviving the present and facing the future made elders anxious and divided as well as united the young. The article concludes by suggesting a number of areas, including leisure and politics, where the voice of youth might be more clearly heard, and proposes comparisons - with the past, between racial groups and between 'town' and 'country' - that link the varied experiences of the young in Africa. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]