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Title:Getting Stuck in the Compound: Some Odds against Social Adulthood in Lusaka, Zambia
Author:Hansen, Karen T.
Periodical:Africa Today
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:urban youth
urban society
urban life
Urbanization and Migration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Status of Women
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v051/51.4hansen.pdf
Abstract:The young people on whose everyday experiences in Lusaka (Zambia) in 2001-2002 this article draws come from three different socioeconomic groupings: very poor, middle income, and rich. They are living in an urban setting where space and opportunity have changed in may ways since their parents were young. Focusing on urban space and mobility in relation to gender, the article discusses structural transformations of the city and their ramifications for young women and men. Young people's reactions depend on their socioeconomic location and the kinds of skills and resources they draw from within households and society. Most young people experience urban life simultaneously as exclusion and inclusion. These processes intersect their sociospatial experiences, fueling contradictions between their livelihoods and desires, and shaping what may be new meanings of youth. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]