Dealing with Elusive Futures

University Graduates in Urban Africa

The time to come – as well as the exploration thereof – remains elusive for social actors and social scientists alike.

The contributors accept the challenge to depict young men and women's future-creating activities in urban contexts of sub-Saharan Africa. Very consciously, they study young graduates having obtained a university degree and provide a vivid picture of their strategies to socially grow older by doing adulthood in contexts of great uncertainty.

The examples include Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ethiopia, Mali and Tanzania, visually enriched through pictures taken by young Malian photographers.

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29 November 2017, 198 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-3949-0

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Noemi Steuer

Noemi Steuer, Zentrum für Afrikastudien, Basel, Schweiz

Michelle Engeler

Michelle Engeler, Universität Basel, Schweiz

Elísio Macamo

Elísio Macamo, Zentrum für Afrikastudien, Basel, Schweiz

... with the editors

1. Why a book on this subject?

Very consciously, the different contributions of the edited volume study young people having obtained a university degree and therewith provide a vivid picture of often underrepresented actors within youth studies. We argue that this focus offers important new insights into the topic of being young and socially growing up, both in Africa and beyond. In addition, the case studies covering various African contexts are enriched with visual impressions produced by photo students from Bamako, Mali.

2. What relevance does this subject have in the current research debates?

By researching future-oriented activities of young graduates we argue that we can frame »social becoming« that is also relevant for adults or elders. For this reason, it may not be accurate to frame them as young people only waiting for adulthood. Our perspective suggests that we are confronted with a new way of being and becoming somebody because young people tame the future by doing adulthood in different spheres of social life.

3. What new perspectives does your book open up?

This edited volume accepts the challenge to depict young graduates' future-creating activities in different urban contexts of sub-Saharan Africa by including a methodological question. Since doing research on the future - even if this is on a future deeply embedded in, or in conjunction with, the present – hints to a methodological challenge: how can we study something that is not tangible, something that evades our grasp and yet shapes the life of individuals?

4. Who would you preferably like to discuss your book with?

With young graduates, with junior or senior researchers from African Studies, Social Anthropology, Sociology, Development Studies ...

5. Your book in only one sentence:

This edited volume provides a deepening of current contributions within youth studies on Africa by focusing on underrepresented actors: young graduates.

Book title
Dealing with Elusive Futures University Graduates in Urban Africa
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 10 Farbabbildungen
Commodity Group
SOC002010 EDU036000
Release date
29 November 2017
Social Sciences, Ethnology, Africa Studies, Pedagogy
Future, Africa, Youth, University, Uncertainty, Education, Ethnology, Educational Research

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