Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96291
Authors: 
Hansen, Karen Tranberg
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2014/001
Abstract: 
With a focus on cities in eastern and southern Africa, this paper draws on recent scholarship and my own research in Lusaka, Zambia, to analyse pathways for, and challenges to, greater social mobility for youth against the background of economic, political, and spatial processes that are affecting urban livelihoods in the region, facilitating or hindering youth social mobility. The paper describes several forms of sociality that brings young women and men together around music, religion, and recreation, including sex. The solidarities and networks that result from such interactions help young people situate themselves in relation to others at the present and in relationship to the future, shaping the urban dynamic in the process.
Subjects: 
youth
urban space
social mobility
sociality
sexual relations
JEL: 
O15
O17
O55
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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