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Title:Special issue 'Youth and modernity in Africa'
Editors:Bordonaro, LorenzoISNI
Carvalho, Clara
Periodical:Cadernos de Estudos Africanos (ISSN 1645-3794)
Geographic terms:Angola
Burkina Faso
Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
social change
Abstract:This special issue explores the link between generation and change, particularly the ambiguous and troubled relationship between youth and social change in Africa. The papers challenge the concept of modernity and youth from different perspectives. The first set of papers address the question of modernity in Africa as a powerful ideological tool to discuss hierarchy and power, a debate opened by Elísio Macamo in his paper on Mozambique. Aghi Bahi examines young people's representations of modernity in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (in French). In his paper on the introduction of modern dances among the Baga Sitem in Guinea, Ramon Sarró questions the idea of modernity, considering it to be a negotiable reality leading to multiple expressions of modernities. Eric Gable looks at youthful cosmopolitan aspirations among the Manjaco of Guinea-Bissau and the Lauje of Sulawesi (Indonesia). The main questions addressed in the second set of papers are related to the way in which African youth is actually regarded from the outside. Jean-Bernard Ouédraogo deals with generational mobility as an indicator of social dynamics in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Lorenzo Bordonaro analyses the historical and geopolitical processes that led to the marginalization of the Bijagó Islands in Guinea-Bissau and discusses the social representation of youth in the small town of Bubaque. Henrik Vigh investigates the mobilization of youth in armed conflict in Guinea-Bissau. Finally, Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues addresses the problem of youth in and out of war in Angola. [ASC Leiden abstract]