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Title:The 'Lost Generation': South Africa's 'Youth Problem' in the Early 1990s
Author:Seekings, JeremyISNI
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
Education and Oral Traditions
Politics and Government
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=633
Abstract:Between 1989 and mid-1993 South Africa was gripped by episodes of 'moral panic' focused on the political and social threat supposedly posed by young black South Africans. Broken homes, boycotted schools, violent streets and a depressed economy were deemed to have bred a 'lost generation' of 'marginalized youth'. This article examines how this 'youth problem' was born in the minds of political leaders in the early 1990s; how it was dealt with by the foreign media and taken up by South Africa's media; and finally, how it became the subject of a policy studies industry that survives (and often prospers) by defining 'problems' to be researched. The conclusion is that there was no 'youth crisis' as such, but rather a range of intractable problems within which young people find themselves and that should be addressed in policy. Bibliogr., notes, ref.