What Politics? Youth and Political Engagement in Africa examines the diverse experiences of being young in today's Africa. It offers new perspectives to the roles and positions young people take to change their life conditions both within and beyond the formal political structures and institutions. The contributors represent several social science disciplines, and provide well-grounded qualitative analyses of young people's everyday engagements by critically examining dominant discourses of youth, politics and ideology. Despite focusing on Africa, the book is a collective effort to better understand what it is like to be young today, and what the making of tomorrow's yesterday means for them in personal and political terms.
Contributors are: Ehaab Abdou, Abebaw Yirga Adamu, Henni Alava, Paivi Armila, Randi Ronning Balsvik, Jesper Bjarnesen, THora Bjoernsdottir, Jonina Einarsdottir, Tilo Gratz, Nanna Jordt Jorgensen, Marko Kananen, Sofia Laine, Naydene de Lange, Afifa Ltifi, Ivo Mhike, Claudia Mitchell, Relebohile Moletsane, Danai S. Mupotsa, Elina Oinas, Henri Onodera, Eija Ranta, Mounir Saidani, Mariko Sato, Loubna H. Skalli, Tiina Sotkasiira, Abdoulaye Sounaye, Leena Suurpaa, and Mulumebet Zenebe.
Elina Oinas, Ph.D. (2001), Abo Akademi University, Finland, is Professor in Sociology at the Swedish School of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research deals with health, activism and feminisms in Africa.
Henri Onodera is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political and Economic Studies in the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has conducted research on youth activism and prolonged adolescence in Egypt, and everyday lives of young Muslims in Finland.
Leena Suurpaa is a youth researcher, adjunct professor and civic activist, working for the Finnish Red Cross. Suurpaa has an academic career in the Finnish Youth Research Network, studying issues ranging from youth cultures to youth work and youth policy.