Vanguard Or Vandals: Youth, Politics And Conflict In Africa (AFRICAN DYNAMICS)

Vanguard Or Vandals: Youth, Politics And Conflict In Africa (AFRICAN DYNAMICS) by Jon Abbink, Ineke Van Kessel

ISBN10: 9004142754
ISBN13: 978-9004142756
Author: Jon Abbink, Ineke Van Kessel
Title: Vanguard Or Vandals: Youth, Politics And Conflict In Africa (AFRICAN DYNAMICS)
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub (November 30, 2004)
Language: English
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Vanguard Or Vandals: Youth, Politics And Conflict In Africa (AFRICAN DYNAMICS) by Jon Abbink, Ineke Van Kessel



This book contains a range of original studies on one of the major challenges in Africa today: the controversial role of youth in politics, conflict and rebellious movements. The issue is not only the drafting of child soldiers into insurgent armies or predatory militias, as in Somalia, Sierra Leone or Congo, but, more generally, that of the problematic insertion of large numbers of young people in the socio-economic and political order of post-colonial Africa. Even educated youths are being confronted with a lack of opportunities, blocked social mobility, and despair about the future. African youth, while forming a numerical majority, largely feel excluded from power, are socio-economically marginalized, thwarted in their ambitions, and have little access to representative positions or political power.

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