Youth and the City in the Global South

Youth and the City in the Global South

Karen Tranberg Hansen
in collaboration with Anne Line Dalsgaard, Katherine Gough, Ulla Ambrosius Madsen, Karen Valentin, and Norbert Wildermuth
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/21/2008
Format: paper 248 pages, 37 b&w photos, 3 maps
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21969-5
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The innovative, multi-site Youth and the City Project examined the effects of globalization and neoliberalism on the everyday experiences and future prospects of urban youth in the developing world. The economic and demographic trends that are transforming cities and widening the gap between North and South are also making it increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for young people to establish themselves as independent, self-sufficient adults in many parts of the world. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Brazil, Vietnam, and Zambia, this volume integrates youth studies with urban studies, and argues that youth is an experience in its own right, not merely a transition from childhood to adulthood. In-depth case studies in three cities—Recife, Hanoi, and Lusaka—offer compelling insights into the situation of urban youth, exploring how they use their city, spend their time, and prepare themselves for the future.

Cross-cutting essays examine how education shapes future citizens, young people's use of urban domestic space, and the media's role in expanding the life worlds of youth.

Author Bio

Karen Tranberg Hansen is Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Her books include Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia.


"Presents groundbreaking comparative research and makes a powerful, nuanced case for understanding the problems and dilemmas of youth in the global South." —Bradley Levinson, Indiana University

"This work offers a rich opportunity to witness the dynamics of youth development amid the tumult of poverty, hunger, crime, and desperation in various global communities. . . . While there are many uses for this text, Hansen's collaboration is best suited for library collections focusing on international human rights and youth. . . . Recommended." —
Choice , July 2009

". . . an important volume that demonstrates the value of multi-sited collaborative research." —DANIEL MAINS, Washington University in St. Louis,
Social Anthropology , Vol. 17.3 2009

The participants in this project issued themselves quite a challenge in bringing the results of a large study together in a book form. Given the task, they did admirably." —Ethnos

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Situating Youth in the City
1. Introduction: Youth and the City Karen Tranberg Hansen
2. Youth across the Globe: Comparison, Interdisciplinarity, and Cross-National Collaboration Anne Line Dalsgaard and Karen Valentin
Part 2. Studying Youth in Cities
3. Dominant Ideas, Uncertain Lives: The Meaning of Youth in Recife Anne Line Dalsgaard, Mónica Franch, and Russell Parry Scott
4. Politicized Leisure in the Wake of Doi Moi: A Study of Youth in Hanoi Karen Valentin
5. Localities and Sites of Youth Agency in Lusaka Karen Tranberg Hansen
Part 3. Youth Making Meaning
6. Youth and the Home Katherine V. Gough
7. Toward Eduscapes: Youth and Schooling in a Global Era Ulla Ambrosius Madsen
8. The Work of the Imagination: Young People's Media Appropriation Norbert Wildermuth
9. Conclusion: Urban Youth in a Global World Karen Tranberg Hansen
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