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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:Teatime: Boredom and the Temporalities of Young Men in Niger
Author:Masquelier, AdelineISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
Volume:83
Issue:3
Pages:470-491
Language:English
Geographic term:Niger
Subjects:youth
youth unemployment
youth organizations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0001972013000272
Abstract:To fight boredom, un(der)employed young men in Niger have joined fadas (youth clubs) where they listen to music, play card games and strike up new friendships or nurture old ones. Membership in these organizations cuts across social divides, educational backgrounds and religious affiliations, affirming the spirit of egalitarianism and comradeship that drives these largely urban projects. At the fada, conversation routinely takes place around the making and sharing of tea, a ritual idle young men have come to value greatly as they struggle to fill their days with purpose and direction.
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