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Conditional Freedom

A Portrait of Young Men's Sense of Belonging to the Street in Maputo, Mozambique

Andrea Moreira

This article aims to illustrate how a group of young men, caught between the entrapping circumstances of their lives and their desire to transcend them, negotiated their position in the urban landscape. It is based on extensive fieldwork in Maputo

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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

various studies and long-term ethnographic fieldwork among footballers in urban southern Ghana between 2010 and 2016. Mainly, it entailed informal conversations, formal interviews (biographical and narrative) as well as participant observation of the

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Tiffany Pollock

Fire dancers in Southern Thailand, almost exclusively young, intra-/international migrant men from rural Thailand and Myanmar, are paid to entertain tourists at nightly beach parties. An unacknowledged economy fueled largely by tips, fire dancing is fast becoming an iconic symbol of Thailand’s young backpacker tourism sector but is not considered an acceptable form of labor or a valued artistic practice, because tourist beach spaces are perceived as sites of immorality, excessive drinking, and sexuality. Male fire dancers, then, come to be known as young social deviants who do not belong in the national imaginary and thus must maneuver around a complex politics of belonging with vast differences in social and economic power. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, this article examines how belonging is negotiated among Burmese fire dancers working in Thailand, and how experiences of belonging are shaped by spatialized gendered moralities and masculinities that operate within the fire dancing scene.

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Michael R. M. Ward

on extensive fieldwork, in our final regular article Andrea Moreiras explores how a group of young men construct their sense of belonging to a public space, namely, a market in the capital city of Mozambique, Maputo. The article shows how these young

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Young Delinquency as a Social Product in an Age of Correction

The Chicago School’s Struggle to Humanize Transgression

Shane Blackman

were really engaging in the development of experimental social research methods, actively trying to resolve fieldwork issues. In this sense, David Matza (1969) was accurate when he identified that the work of the Chicago School is built around

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Reading Raewyn

Reflections on a Lifelong Inspiration

Sara Delamont

been heavily focused only on educating boys ( Acker 1981 ). There was, and is, so little good sociology of elite schooling that finding research on fee-paying schools in Australia was inspirational. I had done my own PhD fieldwork in an elite girls

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Jay Mechling

behavior in adolescent males. This official agenda of the formal organization, though, means nothing without an informal folk culture in the adolescent male friendship that reinforces the value of altruism. Only ethnographic fieldwork with living boys and

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In Pursuit of Masculinity

On Aging Bodies, Migration and Youthful Masculinities

Usman Mahar

about what they do, what people think they do, and what people actually do ( O'Reilly 2009 ). Since my informant and I had already established a cordial relationship by the time I began my fieldwork, I was able to spend many “full” days with him (and

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Digitizing the Western Gaze

The End FGM Guardian Global Media Campaign

Jessica Cammaert

instituted anti-female circumcision laws still encounter resistance to the measures. Based on my own fieldwork in northern Ghana, the implementation of legislation has not hindered the practice’s continuance. Rather, it has transformed the way the procedure