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Societies 2018, 8(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8010014

A Global Generation? Youth Studies in a Postcolonial World

Centre for African Studies Basel, Rheinsprung 21, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
Received: 30 November 2017 / Revised: 29 January 2018 / Accepted: 19 February 2018 / Published: 27 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth Studies: Values, Practices and Discourses on Generations)
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Abstract

Today’s young people navigate a world that becomes simultaneously more interconnected and less capable of silencing long-standing inequities. What analytical perspectives does a sociology of youth and generations require in such a context? This paper makes two suggestions: to conceptualize generations as global rather than regionally bound (cf. Mannheim 1928) and to transgress the colonial bifurcation of academia between sociology for the so-called ‘modern’ world and area studies and anthropology for the so-called ‘developing’ world. Drawing from a large body of literature on African youth that has hitherto remained unheeded in youth studies, as well as from postcolonial theory and ethnographic fieldwork in Guinea and Uganda, I argue that academic representations of African youth constitute a particularly insightful repertoire for investigating the methodological challenges and potentials of a global sociological perspective on youth. View Full-Text
Keywords: youth; generation; sociology; epistemology; postcolonial studies; Guinea; Uganda; Africa; globalization; Mannheim; Karl youth; generation; sociology; epistemology; postcolonial studies; Guinea; Uganda; Africa; globalization; Mannheim; Karl
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