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Politics, Popular Culture And Livelihood Strategies Among Young Men In A Nairobi Slum

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For some time, analyses of the social roles of young men in Africa have served to reinforce the widespread pessimism about the future of the continent. This chapter gives a sketch of the location in which the young people made their lives, and summarizes some of the findings on their use of popular culture, particularly their use of visual entertainment, in the perspective of their relationship to the state and possibilities of economic and political empowerment. It then discusses the life trajectories of the group that made up Unity Teens in the context of the changing social and economic environment of an urban slum. The chapter further suggests that their cases may show patterns that are general for large groups of well-educated but politically powerless and economically disadvantaged young people.

Keywords: Africa; Africans; Nairobi slum; Swahili culture



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