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Title:Labour migration and the generation conflict: an essay on social change in Central Western Zambia
Author:Binsbergen, Wim M.J. vanISNI
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:generation conflicts
labour migration
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/8919
Abstract:Antagonism between older and younger men constitutes a striking feature of a rural community in post-independent Zambia. In the local political processes surrounding the 1973 Zambia general elections, a small group of young men organised themselves within a framework suggested by national party politics, and attempted (with unexpected support from the elders) to construct a youth-centred social order which could dissolve the intergenerational struggle while presenting a blue-print for rural reconstruction. The present paper attempts to interpret these data, in particular as the outcome of a process of social change shaped mainly by labour migration. It examines the pre-colonial career model, changes in rural leadership under colonial rule, the emergence of an urban career model, the changing status of rural youth, ideological change in the colonial era, and the post-independent situation.