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Title:Politics at the margins: alternative sites of political involvement among young people in Cameroon
Author:Fokwang, JudeISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Volume:50
Issue:2
Pages:211-228
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:youth
political attitudes
Link:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2016.1219671
Abstract:This paper analyses young people's political discourses and experiences, highlighting their disillusionment with the postcolonial state. Drawing on ethnographic data and interviews with young people in the city of Bamenda, Cameroon, the article argues that young people's perspectives and discourses on politics constitute alternative forms of political involvement and resistance. Their actions, inactions and discourses about politics and political personalities are informed by their specific identities and positionalities. However, taken collectively, these voices reveal current national anxieties about the postcolonial state whose legitimacy is widely believed to have eroded. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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