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Eduard Ballesté

movements with different consequences. The first consequence was the loss of youth participation in these new post-15M social movements. The second was that more moderate ‘civic’ or reformist forms of political activism became socially accepted as the ‘good

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Impatient Accumulation, Immediate Consumption

Problems with Money and Hope in Central Kenya

Peter Lockwood

the peri-urban outskirts of Nairobi in southern Kiambu County. 1 I had met Iregi at a cafe ( mkahũa ) in the center of town where he would sometimes hang out with other local youths and chew mũgũũka (cheap khat leaves sold at 50 KES for a small

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The 2011 English Riots

A Contexualized, Dynamic, Grounded Exploration

Tony Jefferson

After a brief account of what happened, the question is posed of whether the idea of moral panic is the most revealing approach with which to understand the riots. Before answering, the question of how novel were the riots is addressed in relation to policing, social media, riot areas, the rioters, rioting behavior, the State’s response and the reaction of communities. The elements of a dynamic, grounded explanation are then tentatively offered, followed by an attempt to situate this explanation within the context of the contemporary lives of disadvantaged youth lacking both political support and an economic future. The conclusion returns to the question of moral panic. It suggests that since most of what happened had clear precedents in the series of urban riots since the 1980s, there is plenty of evidence to support the idea that the constructions of the 2011 riots are best understood as a moral panic. However, the small indications of new developments, namely, the sheer vindictiveness of the state’s post-riot response—hunting down the rioters, harsh sentencing, naming juveniles—as well as the spread of rioting to new areas and the practice of communities ‘fighting back’, are important to explore for what they reveal about the present neoliberal conjuncture. They seem to be morbid symptoms of an apparently intractable series of crises characterized by, among other things, an unprecedentedly grim situation for poor, unemployed, disaffected youth living in deprived areas.

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Dissenting poses

Marginal youth, viral aesthetics, and affective politics in neoliberal Morocco

Cristiana Strava

It was a late Saturday afternoon in the spring of 2014 when I was leaving the neighborhood of Hay Mohammadi after having spent the day at a local jam‘iyya (community organization) observing the activities of their “street arts” youth club. As I

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The Democratic Grotesque

Distortion, Liminality, and Dissensus in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Charis Boutieri

hailed ‘revolutionary youth’ as the icons and pillars of democratisation. The same elites recruited students, unemployed youth, and young professionals in the political campaigns of various parties and in civil society training programmes funded by the

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State of Uncertainty

Educating the First Railroaders in Central Sakha (Yakutiya)

Sigrid Irene Wentzel

. The college became the mediator between the Russian government—and its grand plans for the industrial transformation of the region—and the college students. As such, the college became a major site for the transformation of the—mainly rural—youth into

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Vivir enclavados

Implicaciones del espacio habitado en la experiencia de juventud

María Laura Serrano Santos

Abstract: The social conditions that demarcate space determine, to a large extent, the social and urban experience of those who inhabit it. Inhabiting an urban enclave of poverty configures specific life experiences of youth, and unequal inclusion affects how they live in the city. This article, which derives from research conducted in a poor neighborhood in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas (Mexico), presents the implications of the conditions of precariousness and violence that demarcate an urban enclave of poverty by defining specific patterns of socialization that shape the urban and social experiences of the young people who live there.

Resumen: Las condiciones sociales que demarcan el espacio moldean en gran medida la experiencia social y urbana de quienes lo habitan. Habitar un enclave urbano de pobreza confi gura experiencias específicas de vivir la juventud, así como maneras de inclusión desigual de vivir la ciudad. Este artículo, derivado de una investigación realizada en una colonia popular de la ciudad de Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas (México), presenta las implicaciones que tienen las condiciones de precariedad y violencia que demarcan un enclave urbano de pobreza al delimitar patrones específicos de socialización que configuran las experiencias urbanas y sociales de las y los jóvenes que lo habitan.

Résumé : Les conditions sociales qui délimitent l´espace façonnent largement l´expérience sociale et urbaine de ceux qui l´habitent. Vivre dans une enclave urbaine de pauvreté configure des expériences spécifiques de la jeunesse et des modes d´inclusion inégale de la vie dans une ville. Cet article, dérivé d´une enquête de terrain menée dans un quartier populaire de la ville de Tuxtla Gutiérrez, au Chiapas (Mexique), présente les implications des conditions de précarité et de violence qui caractérisent une enclave urbaine de pauvreté et qui définissent des schémas spécifiques de socialisation et des expériences urbaines et sociales des jeunes qui y habitent.

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Youth in a viral age

A collated auto‐ethnographic response by young people (dis)orientated in strange times

Rosalie Jones McVey, Izzy Clancy, Anna Curzon Price, Stella Rose Hall Dixon, Jiayu Qiu, and Mingwei Song

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Crafting Spaces of Value

Infrastructure, Technologies of Extraction and Contested Oil in Nigeria

Omolade Adunbi

( Adunbi 2015 ). While the amnesty programme succeeded, to a large extent, in mitigating insurgency in the Niger Delta, Niger Delta youths have engaged in new forms of contestation that challenge the state's governance of the region's huge oil reserves

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A Social Negotiation of Hope

Male West African Youth, ‘Waithood’ and the Pursuit of Social Becoming through Football

Christian Ungruhe and James Esson

The popularity of football in West Africa is now so pervasive that even the most inattentive visitor to the area would struggle to overlook the sport’s hypnotic hold over the hearts and minds of children and youth. A journey through any town