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"I am an Intellectual". War, Youth and Higher Education in Goma (Eastern Congo)

Oldenburg, Silke. (2016) "I am an Intellectual". War, Youth and Higher Education in Goma (Eastern Congo). AnthropoChildren, 2016 (6).

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore, at an empirical level and with a processual view, the relationship between higher education, war, and youths’ aspirations in Eastern Congo. Students are a relevant social group and an adequate ethnographic lens to describe moments and processes of self-staging, identity formation and social positionality. Therefore, this article explores how students imagine their life chances and how they aspire to accomplish their yearnings in the future. I argue that university is a contested space that mirrors society. Thus, students’ experiences and social practices in relation to the educational realm offer important insights into the complex nature of patrimonial politics, shifting power balances, social belonging and intimacy, which are, as I argue, at the heart of the youthful imagination of a better future.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Ethnologie > Visuelle und politische Ethnologie (Förster)
UniBasel Contributors:Oldenburg, Silke
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Université de Liège
e-ISSN:2034-8517
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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