Being young in the Guinée Forestière: members of youth associations as political entrepreneurs

Engeler, Michelle. (2016) Being young in the Guinée Forestière: members of youth associations as political entrepreneurs. Stichproben : Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien, 16 (30). pp. 63-86.

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This paper is a contribution to a better understanding on what it means to be young and to grow up amidst political transformation processes in Guinea in the 2000s. It focuses on students and graduates in Guéckédou, a border town in the Guinée Forestière. How do these youths gain a living and participate in a complex and turbulent socio-political landscape? The qualitative research showed that they followed various economic activities in parallel; amongst others they were busy with so-called youth associations, the main focus of this paper. I argue that these youth associations can be described as self-created arenas for both economic and political participation. Thus, the members represent “political entrepreneurs” as their practices have to be situated in-between money-making, investment and political involvement. Interestingly, they thereby collaborate with various actors and institutions, including local elders, the state administration or local political parties and NGOs.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Afrikastudien (Macamo)
UniBasel Contributors:Engeler, Michelle
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:ECCO Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Angewandte Afrikanistik
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:22 Oct 2018 13:34
Deposited On:22 Oct 2018 13:34

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