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Makers & Breakers: Children & Youth in Postcolonial Africa Paperback – August 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Africa World Press (August 1, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 1592213405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592213405
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,392,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


This is an important collection of sociological studies of African youth over the past two decades. It proposes a collective view which sees young people as breaking with both old and new African traditions. Across the continent marginalised young people A sobering book, the authors provide a detailed analysis of how African children are manipulated and relegated to the margins of the public domain. The studies presented in this timely publication touch on crucial areas concerning the youth and their mechanisms for coping with their continued marginalisation. The book's strong point is its theoretical application of concepts of agency and pain, as this sheds light on how youth and women have adapted to traumatic conditions such as rape, conflict and unemployment. The perspectives provided are relevant tools that can be utilised to understand how youth in general, and not just in Africa, are coping with marginalisation. ...this is a publication with a difference. By revealing a number of significant constraints implemented by the elite power structure, it provides the reader with food for thought and a deeper understanding of the complexities that power structures create to exclude young people from the benefits of mainstream economic participation, political acknowledgement and the opportunity to be free from unnecessary and unjust pain. This volume appeals not only to researchers in the field, but to civil society organisations, think tanks, government departments, universities and various other stakeholders. NEW AGENDA --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Alcinda Honwana is a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council. Filip de Boeck is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Africa Research Center, Department of Anthropology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

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